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Albania suspends fowl import from EU affected countries

Associated Press Associated Press 23/11/2016

TIRANA, Albania — Albania has temporarily suspended the import of fowl from European Union countries reporting cases of bird flu.

The Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday ordered suspension of all fowl imports from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands and Switzerland, all of which have reported H5N8 virus cases.

The ministry also ordered poultry farmers to keep their birds indoors and to watch for signs of infections.

While the virus hasn't been detected in any neighboring countries, the ministry says migratory birds could introduce it to Albania.

The flu strain now active can spread easily among birds, but isn't thought to pose a risk to people.

Albania and other European countries had a bird flu outbreak a decade ago.

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