US Restricts Poultry Imports From Australian State Following Bird Flu Outbreak

The United States has restricted import of poultry, birds, and unprocessed avian products amid bird flu outbreaks in Victoria.

This comes after bird flu was detected at two separate farms in regional Victoria, leading to hundreds of thousands of birds being euthanised.

In addition, a human case of H5N1 bird flu was announced in Victoria recently in a child who had returned to Australia from India.

The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued an import alert backdated to May 22 which will apply until further notice in Victoria.

“The restriction applies to commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, poultry, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from the state of Victoria, Australia,” the alert states.

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