10 Jan 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JAN (NAMPA) Namibia has lifted a ban on all imports of live poultry and birds, as well as poultry products, from Belgium which was put in place in June last year.
Namibia, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestrys Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS), last year suspended all imports of live poultry and birds, as well as poultry products from Belgium following an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza there.
DVS Chief Veterinary officer, Dr Adrianatus Maseke announced the resumption of all imports and in-transit movement in a media statement issued on Wednesday.
It applies to products produced after 29 September 2017.
The resumption of imports is in response to a comprehensive report recently received from Belgium highlighting the effectiveness of its control measures mounted after the outbreak of avian influenza in that country last year.
According to the statement, affected poultry properties were depopulated and disinfected.
The statement said surveillance conducted in Belgium did not detect any evidence of infection in poultry for a period of at least three months as required by the World Organisation for Animal Health.
The MAWF said all Namibian importers can contact its veterinary import and export offices across the country for further information in respect of other countries that are free from avian flu.
Avian influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses.
Avian flu or bird flu is a variety of influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds.
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, these viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide, and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.
It can be passed from birds to humans, and in very rare cases, between people.