The Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) is reporting that a number of CARICOM countries have placed a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry from the United Kingdom because of an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8).
The decision to impose the temporary ban was reportedly made following a meeting of CARICOM Chief Veterinary Officers.
It's understood that effective November 25, a temporary regional ban has been placed on all poultry from the United Kingdom, including chicken, duck, turkey, geese, guinea fowl, quail and squab. This also includes all fresh, chilled and frozen poultry products, live birds and hatching eggs.
The H5N8 is a strain of the avian influenza virus which can result in catastrophic effects to the poultry sector.
Entry of this virus can cause sudden death of birds for entire farms and flocks and devastate poultry farms within 48 hours.