Highly contagious Bird Flu strain found in nearby Kuwait

By Sheena Amos

UAE bans import of live birds from Kuwait

DUBAI 8 February 2019: Based on a notification from the Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases of the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu (H5N8) in Kuwait, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) yesterday announced that it has taken the following precautionary measures:

Banned the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching and table eggs, poultry meat, and their non-heat-treated by-products and waste from Kuwait, until the outbreak is brought under control.

However, thermally-treated poultry products (meat and eggs) have been cleared for import from Kuwait, said Wam.

Sheikh Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Director of Animal Health and Development Department at Moccae, said: “Through taking immediate precautionary measures to curb any strains of the bird flu virus that has affected Kuwait from reaching the UAE, Moccae hopes to ensure bio-security levels and prevent the spread of pathogens in the country. We are confident such efforts will mitigate the impact of the bird flu on the UAE’s poultry health and safety, in addition to protecting public health and well-being. ”

Moccae is carefully scrutinizing documentation accompaniment consignments (certificate of origin, health certificate and halal certificates, among others) of food products shipped into the country. The Ministry is also conducting sensory detection to ensure that the quality of the products – as per their identification cards – complies with the UAE’s stringent standards. Samples of food products from shipments are transferred to laboratories for the necessary tests to ensure that they are safe and fit to enter the country.

Dubai Gazette