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USDA MAKES DETERMINATION OF ANIMAL HEALTH STATUS OF HUNGARY

September 24, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of its determination regarding the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) subtype H5N1 status of Hungary, following outbreaks in 2006 and 2007.  Based on its evaluation of the animal health status of two counties (Bács-Kiskun and Csongrád) in Hungary, which was made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice, the APHIS Administrator has determined that the importation of live birds, poultry carcasses, parts or products of poultry carcasses and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds and other birds from Hungary, presents a low risk of introducing HPAI H5N1 into the United States.
  
This notice is published in today’s Sept. 24 Federal Register and will become effective on Oct. 9.

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Note to Reporters:  Public notices and other APHIS information are available on the Internet.  Go to the APHIS news release page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov and click on the “Newsroom” button.  For additional information about this topic contact Madelaine Fletcher at (301) 734-6125 or by e-mail at madelaine.fletcher@aphis.usda.gov.

 

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