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Japan Bans Import of Poultry from UK

by Medindia Content Team on April 30, 2006 at 3:50 PM
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Japan Bans Import of Poultry from UK

Japan banned all imports of poultry from UK to prevent the spread of bird flu to domestic fowl. The Agriculture Ministry of Japan said in statement as soon as the British ministry informed them of the latest outbreak of H7N3 strain of bird flu.

This virus is less dangerous to humans than the H5N1 bird flu virus. But this strain has already infected a poultry worker in UK. Its incidence of late is on the rise and is also being spotted on another farm nearby in the eastern English county of Norfolk. After this 35,000 birds were being culled to prevent a pandemic. The Health Protection Authority (HPA) has announced to the public that this strain of H7N3 would cause mild disease and cannot be passed from person to person. Hence it said that the risk posed due to this strain is very less to he public.

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