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Indonesia to ban most poultry imports from Australia

jakarta / reuters /Indonesia plans to ban most poultry imports from Australia after an outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus there in November.

Australia’s first outbreak in 15 years should be contained by a cull of 50,000 chickens, authorities said in November, although they do not know what caused the case at an egg farm in New South Wales state.

An Indonesian official said the ban will last until the outbreak is over.

The H7 strain is highly pathogenic to birds but is not related to the H5N1 strain, which was first detected in 1997 in Hong Kong and has since caused hundreds of human deaths.

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