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Canada lifts ban on Swiss birds over Newcastle

Imports of live birds, bird products, byproducts and feathers from Switzerland are once again allowed into Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency put restrictions in place last month following confirmation of Newcastle disease Oct. 8 on a farm south of Bern.

Only two animals on the farm, a pair of pigeons from a hobby flock, are confirmed to have been infected and to have died from the disease.

According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the most likely origin of the infection was a contact with wild pigeons” and the dead birds had had “no contact with poultry.”

Swiss chief veterinary officer Hans Wyss said in his report Oct. 21 to the OIE that the event is considered “resolved.” No other measures would be taken or reports submitted, the OIE said.

CFIA announced Wednesday that the restrictions for Newcastle in Switzerland have been removed “effective immediately” and border lookouts would be “amended accordingly.”

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