The Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has suspended the imports and in-transit movement of live poultry and products due to the outbreak of avian influenza. The suspension will be in effect for 42 days.

This means that all previously issued import and in-transit permits have been cancelled and are being recalled. The import and in-transit suspension of poultry and poultry products will automatically apply to any country that reports an outbreak of the virus in poultry.

Some of the affected countries that have already reported outbreaks, include France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, India, Nigeria and the United States.

The Ministry urged importers to contact the Veterinary Permits Office for further information on the countries currently affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza. All Africa

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