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High Path Avian Influenza in Australia - restrictions on imports

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From: APHIS Veterinary Services

Date: 11/21/2012

Subject: UPDATE: USDA Restrictions on Avian Products Imports from Australia


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was recently confirmed in Australia

In response, the USDA has restrictions in place for importing bird and poultry products from Australia. The restrictions require that avian products, including bird trophies, be accompanied by a Veterinary Services (VS) import permit. These products must be processed to inactivate the HPAI virus prior to importation.


Yes, this means that even USDA-approved BSL2 labs MUST treat imports from Australia.



If you have any questions about USDA permits, the USDA-approved treatment methods, or any other aspect of import of avian material, please contact the Ornithological Council by email to Ellen Paul



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