MOSCOW, November 18 (Sputnik) — Macedonia has introduced a temporary ban on poultry imports from UK, Germany and the Netherlands over the spread of the avian influenza in those countries, Macedonian International News Agency reported, citing the Food and Veterinary Agency.
"In our oversight, considering all analyzed samples of caught or dead wild fowl, or poultry kept in different conditions in Macedonia, in the past years, we have not detected the presence of this disease. It also hasn't been detected in the region either," the Food and Veterinary Agency informed Monday.
The move comes even though the virus has not been detected in Macedonia yet.
The avian influenza was detected at a poultry farm in the central part of the Netherlands last week, with one case being recorded at a duck farm in Yorkshire, UK, on Monday.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, several cases of the H5N8 bird flu strain were detected in Germany. In September, cases of H5N1 were also discovered in Russia.