Kuwait has lifted its ban on imported poultry from Russia and the U.S. state of Missouri, placed after the birds in those regions were found to have tested positive for avian flu.

The announcement was made after the World Health Organisation officially cleared the two areas of H5N1, according to Kuwait's Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources. The ban also extended to hunting and pet birds, and was put in place to protect the local bird population and public health, said representatives for the PAAAFR.