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Is there a risk to importing pet birds that come from countries experiencing outbreaks of avian influenza A (H5N1)?

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Is there a risk to importing pet birds that come from countries experiencing outbreaks of avian influenza A (H5N1)?

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The U.S. government has determined that there is a risk to importing pet birds from countries experiencing outbreaks of H5N1 influenza. CDC and USDA have both taken action to ban the importation of birds from areas where H5N1 has been documented. There is currently a ban on the importation of birds and bird products from H5N1-affected countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The regulation states that no person may import or attempt to import any birds (Class Aves), whether dead or alive, or any products derived from birds (including hatching eggs), from the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, France (USDA-defined restriction zone only), India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam (current as of March 29, 2006).

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The U.S. government has determined that there is a risk to importing pet birds from countries experiencing outbreaks of H5N1 influenza. CDC and USDA have both taken action to ban the importation of birds from areas where H5N1 has been documented. There is currently a ban on the importation of birds and bird products from H5N1-affected countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The regulation states that no person may import or attempt to import any birds (Class Aves), whether dead or alive, or any products derived from birds (including hatching eggs), from the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, France (USDA-defined restriction zone only), India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam (current as of March 29, 2006).back to section Q.

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The U.S. Government has determined that there is a risk to importing pet birds from countries experiencing outbreaks of H5N1 influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have both taken action to ban the importation of birds from areas where H5N1 has been documented. There is currently a ban on the importation of birds and bird products from H5N1-affected countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

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