Vietnam Halts US Poultry Imports Due to Bird Flu

The Vietnamese government temporarily suspended importation of US poultry and byproducts from the states of Wisconsin and Tennessee because of bird flu outbreaks there.

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, the low pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N2 was detected among 84,000 turkeys in Wisconsin while Tennessee reported 16,500 birds infected with H7N9.

While the temporary ban may affect the supply in city restaurants, it may provide relief to domestic chicken producers in Vietnam. Reports said that local chicken prices in the country fell to a 10-year low because of heavy U.S. imports.

Vietnam has been doing all biosecurity measures to curb the virus as the country also got infected with H5N1 and H5N6 avian flu.

The ministries of health and agriculture issued warning on H7N9 virus after China reported an outbreak infecting 460 people since September 2016.

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