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Bird ban decision.

European animal health experts are due to decide today whether to ban the import of live birds after requests from the British Government for tougher action against avian flu.

The move follows confirmation a parrot which died in quarantine in Britain had contracted the potentially-lethal H5N1 strain of a virus which has killed more than 60 people in south east Asia.

EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou is expected to recommend stepping up defensive measures which have already led to bans on imports into the EU of live birds from Turkey, Romania, the Greek island of Chios and Russia.

But a final decision rests on talks today between national veterinary experts on the EU's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2005
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