Belarus has imposed temporary restrictions on the import of poultry from the Czech Republic . The Agriculture and Food Ministry of Belarus ministry said that according to the information provided by the World Organization for Animal Health, an incident of Newcastle disease was registered in the Czech Republic.
“To prevent the penetration of the diseases to the territory of Belarus, the country has introduced temporary restrictions on the import of live poultry, incubating eggs, poultry meat and all other kinds of processed poultry, feathers, fodder and food additives made from animals, including from poultry," said the ministry.
At the same time Belarus canceled all previously issued permits for import of live poultry, poultry products, eggs, feathers, fodder and food additives made from poultry.
Newcastle disease is a highly contagious bird disease affecting domestic and wild avian species. It causes mild conjunctivitis and influenza-like symptoms. The mortality rate among young birds is almost 100 percent, and the few birds who survive the disease do not grow well. The disease can be transmitted to humans.