Bulgaria bans poultry exports to EU
Bulgaria has banned exports of live poultry and eggs to the European
Union in an effort to prevent the spread of Newcastle disease, which was
discovered there earlier this month.
More than 1,000 birds have been culled to help limit the spread of the
Bulgaria's head of veterinary medical service said the temporary ban will be
in force until the European Commission determines whether exports of poultry
products from the village of Slunchogled, the region of Kurdzhali, are infected
with what is thought to be a combination of Newcastle disease and bird
flu. The EU's decision is expected on 15 August.
disease is a highly contagious virus affecting birds that has appeared in
several EU countries in recent years. Exposure to infected birds may cause
influenza-like symptoms but otherwise poses no hazard to
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