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Hungary regains bird flu-free status

Hungary regained its status as a country free from avian influenza on August 24, according to the requirements of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), state news wire MTI reported.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Agriculture to MTI, following recognition of the countryʼs favorable status, markets of third countries can be reopened to deliveries of Hungarian live poultry and poultry products.

Chief Veterinarian Lajos Bognár will inform the authorities of all affected partner countries in order to have the earlier import restrictions lifted, the ministry said. In order to prevent a reoccurrence of the epidemic, certain measures will remain in place, it added.

Hungaryʼs food safety authority NÉBIH detected the virus in livestock between November 2016 and April 2017. The disease affected poultry farms in eight counties. By February 2017, around 3.2 million birds had been culled because of the outbreak.