Sudan poultry ban still in effect

21-09-2006 | | |

The Uganda ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products is still in force, according to the chairman of the National Task Force on bird flu.

Dr. Sam Okware, commissioner for community health, said authorities at all entry points were asked to effectively implement the ban after Avian Influenza existence was confirmed in the Southern Sudanese capital of Juba , a two-hour drive from the Ugandan border.

On September 5, southern Sudan confirmed the presence of the deadly virus in poultry, with two other suspected cases of the virus potentially fatal to humans.

Migratory birds have been cited at the Queen Elizabeth Park instilling fears that the birds, hugely blamed for harbouring the disease, could be returning into the country, said Dr. Patrick Atimnedi of the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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