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SL halts animal imports from Bird Flu affected countries

June 24, Colombo (LNW): The Department of Animal Production and Health in Sri Lanka has announced a ban on importing animals and animal products from countries experiencing outbreaks of bird flu.

Director General Dr. Hemali Kothalawala stated that these measures aim to prevent the Avian Influenza A(H5N1) virus from entering Sri Lanka, following recent reports of the virus in several nations.

Dr. Kothalawala emphasised that the restrictions are essential for the country’s protection and confirmed that no imports will be allowed from affected regions.

She reassured the public that existing disease control measures in Sri Lanka have been further reinforced and urged people not to panic.

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