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BAN ON IMPORTATION OF POTENTIALLY INFECTED ANIMALS

BAN ON IMPORTATION OF POTENTIALLY INFECTED ANIMALS

The U.S. government has issued an order for an immediate ban on the import of all birds (Class: Aves) from the following Asian countries: Cambodia; Indonesia; Japan; Laos; People's Republic of China, including Hong Kong, SAR; South Korea; Thailand; and Vietnam. The ban applies to all birds, whether dead or alive, and all bird products, such as eggs. This step was taken because birds from these affected countries potentially can infect humans with influenza A (H5N1). This order is enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the CDC and other federal agencies, such as the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of Interior.