Riyadh : Saudi Arabia on Thursday banned the import of poultry products from India after a bird flu of fatal nature was reported recently. Saudi said its ban was issued in accordance with the warning released by the World Organisation for Animal Health which reported that the virus killed nine birds in India in December 2017. Saudi agricultural ministry, in its order, said that live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India will be banned.
The outbreak was confirmed by Ministry of Agriculture officials in the national capital. In an official statement, the Union agriculture ministry said that Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) had confirmed on December 30 that the samples were found positive for H5 strain of avian influenza virus. The state government was intimated about the results immediately.