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Kazakhstan bans poultry imports from Russia on bird flu fears.

Kazakhstan temporarily bans imports of poultry products from Astrakhan region, Russia, due to the bird flu outbreak in the region, the press office of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan reports.

"In connection with the outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1) in Astrakhan region of the Russian Federation, the Veterinary Control and Supervision Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan introduces a temporary ban on imports of poultry, eggs, feather, poultry meat and all species of poultry products that have not undergone heat treatment (at least 70 degrees, 30 minutes) from Astrakhan to Kazakhstan starting from 28 April 2015," said in a statement.

Rosselkhoznadzor's Federal Centre for Animal Health revealed a virus, identified as a virus gene of influenza A of H5N1 subtype birds, in Dalmatian pelicans in Ikryaninskiy district of Astrakhan region on April 27.

On April 17, 2015 Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan informed that during the spring bird population check conducted by the North Caspian Operating, 70 dead Dalmatian pelicans were found dead in the shallow section of the river of Kigach in Kurmangazy district of Atyrau region bordering with Astrakhan region.

Pathogenic virus of H5N1 influenza, which emerged in 2003-2005, is widely spread among birds. It is dangerous to humans as well because people have no immunity to it, the Ministry reported.

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