Saudi Arabia bans poultry imports from India over bird flu


    Riyadh, Feb 8 : Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India due to a highly pathogenic avian flu, the Saudi agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

    The ban was imposed following a warning issued by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) which reported an outbreak of a highly contagious bird flu virus, Director-General of the Ministry’s Department of Animal Risk Assessment Dr.
    Sanad Al-Harbi said, reports the Saudi state-run news agency SPA.

    The Paris-based OIE in a report said that H5N8 virus was detected in December among birds in the village of Dasarahalli in Karnataka.