CAIRO: Egyptian Agriculture Minister Amin Abaza on Sunday banned imports of ducklings as a precaution against the spread of bird flu, which has killed 13 Egyptians since it hit the country a year ago. An animal disease expert said that ducks had featured in about 95 percent of more than 100 recent outbreaks of the disease among flocks of domestic poultry. It has been recommended for some time but it s only one small step in the package of measures the government is considering, said the expert, who asked not to be named. Egypt does not need large quantities of imported ducklings, he added. The state news agency Mena said people with valid import licenses could import ducklings until the licenses expire.
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms.