Greece bans export of poultry products from Aegean islands

Greece today said it had banned the export of live birds, poultry meat and products from Aegean Sea islands neighbouring an islet where the country’s first bird flu case was detected yesterday.

Greece today said it had banned the export of live birds, poultry meat and products from Aegean Sea islands neighbouring an islet where the country’s first bird flu case was detected yesterday.

Agriculture Minister Evangelos Bassiakos said the “purely preventive” measure was taken in cooperation with European Union officials.

The ban will apply to Oinouses, where the infected turkey was raised, Chios and Psara.

The Health Ministry announced that a team of inspectors would examine workers at the small, family-ran farm at Oinouses – a tiny islet close to the Turkish coast with a population of 700 – for flu symptoms today.

Farm personnel will be under observation for the next week, the ministry said.

Further samples from turkeys at the Oinouses farm were sent for testing at an EU-approved national reference laboratory in Thessaloniki late yesterday.

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