Iraq's Ministry of Agriculture issued on
Tuesday a decree to continue the ban imposed by the country on the import of
poultry and its derivatives from India due to being infected with bird flu.
The ban also includes the import of ornamental birds, birds' feathers, or any other products that include poultry as one of its components from India.
The ministry pointed out that this ban comes in order to protect the Iraqi consumer and to protect the poultry sector from infection with this epidemic disease as well.
Tens of thousands of chickens have been culled after a wild bird brought the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N8 to a farm in Diyala, Iraq.