As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 4 November 2013

United Arab Emirates (UAE) bans import of birds from Australia

Dubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has slapped a temporary ban on import of all kinds of tamed, wild and ornamental living birds, their products and offal from Australia due to the appearance of infectious cases of bird flu.

The decision, issued by the UAE’s Minister of Environment and Water Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, followed reports received from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on the appearance of infected cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H7N2).

The decision exempts heat-treated birds according to a 2012 ministerial resolution regarding conditions for importing red meat and heat-treated chicken meat.

The ban was imposed as part of the ministry’s strategic objectives to keep safe man and animal health in the country from epidemic diseases.

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