In the wake of a highly contagious viral outbreak from a bird flu stain, the UAE has banned the import of poultry products from Malaysia. The import ban includes poultry products and live birds, though thermally treated poultry products will be exempt from it.
The ban came into effect after it was found that a pathogenic strain of the H5N1 bird flu had made an appearance in a farm in eastern Malaysia. The ban specifically extends to chicks from the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said that the ban came immediately into effect to prevent the spread of the strain into the UAE. The authorities were optimistic that these preventive measures would go a long way in preserving the integrity of poultry health and safety in the UAE.