Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

EU bans Bulgarian poultry imports over Newcastle disease outbreak

23 December, 2004

The European Union Thursday suspended all imports of live poultry from Bulgaria after an outbreak of a highly contagious avian disease in the EU candidate country.
The EU's executive commission said the outbreak of Newcastle disease in backyard poultry (448 chickens - stamping out was applied on 16 December 2004) had been confirmed in the region of Kardjali, near Bulgaria's borders with Greece and Turkey.
The EU ban was imposed as a "safeguard measure" and covers imports of Bulgarian live poultry, game birds, hatching eggs and fresh poultry meat.
The decision will be reviewed at a meeting of EU health experts on January.