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Experts to decide on bird import ban

European animal health experts are due to decide tomorrow whether to ban the import of live birds after requests from the British Government for tougher action against avian flu.
The move follows confirmation that a parrot which died in quarantine in Britain had contracted the potentially-lethal H5N1 strain of a virus which has killed more than 60 people in south east

Asia.

Europe's Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou was studying the British request and consulting EU agriculture ministers today.

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