BIRD FLU UPDATE: Ukraine bans poultry imports from UK, Netherlands and Germany

Ukrainian officials have announced a ban on all live birds and poultry products from the countries affected by bird flu.

Ukraine is to ban poultry products from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands after all three countries detected cases of the highly contagious H5N8 strain of avian influenza.

“The ban... will be valid until the international watchdog says these countries are free from bird flu,” a Ukrainian government official told Reuters news agency.

Germany first announced a case of the H5N8 strain earlier this month followed by farms in the Netherlands and East Yorkshire over the weekend.

Defra revealed yesterday the strain found in the Nafferton farm was, in fact, the same found in Europe. Meanwhile the culling of 6,000 birds at the farm has been completed and a 10km surveillance zone remains in place.

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