MINSK, 22 January (BelTA) - Belarus has suspended the import of poultry products, including eggs and frozen meat, from Mexico and Germany, BelTA learnt from the veterinary and food supervision department of the Agriculture and Food Ministry of Belarus.
"According to the International Office of Epizootics, bird flu (H7N3) cases were detected in Mexico (Aguascalientes, San Francisco de Los Romo, and Encarnacion de Diaz, Jalisco),” the department informed.
The department also reported that according to the Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission) cases of bird low-pathogenic influenza (H5N2, and H5N3) subject to mandatory declaration were detected on poultry farms in Germany (Schleswig-Holstein and Hesse).
Bird flu (highly pathogenic bird flu, plague) is a contagious disease characterized by swelling, lesions of the respiratory and digestive systems, depressions, with varying degrees of severity (from asymptomatic infection to severe forms of generalized septicemia). The economic damage from the disease is great due to the mass deaths of birds, the need for strict quarantine and veterinary and sanitary measures, including the destruction of diseased birds.