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  • S. Korea Bans Poultry Imports From Sweden, Two Other European Countries Over Bird Flu

A sign warns about the avian influenza in an area of Randers, Denmark, on Nov. 17, 2020, where severe bird flu has been found in a chicken herd. (Photo: Reuters-Yonhap News)
A sign warns about the avian influenza in an area of Randers, Denmark, on Nov. 17, 2020, where severe bird flu has been found in a chicken herd. (Photo: Reuters-Yonhap News)
South Korea has banned poultry imports from Sweden, where an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said on Wednesday that it began the ban on live Swedish chicks and eggs after the H5N8 strain of bird flu was detected in the European country.

The ministry recommended that locals refrain from visiting livestock farms and bringing animals from the affected region.

Earlier in the week, the ministry banned the imports of live poultry and meat products, eggs and wild and pet birds from France and Denmark after the governments of the two countries reported AI outbreaks.

Avian influenza viruses are very contagious among birds, including domesticated birds like chickens and ducks, and can make them very sick or even cause death.
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