UAE bans fresh fruits, vegetables from Kerala after Nipah outbreak

As many as 14 people have died in Kerala after the outbreak of Nipah virus in the state early last week

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The UAE has taken quick action to safeguard the health of its residents by imposing a ban on imports of fresh fruits and vegetables from Kerala, India, as well as live animals from South Africa.
As many as 14 people have died in Kerala after the outbreak of Nipah virus in the state early last week.
The Ministry of Climate Control and Environment said it has invoked the ban to keep the dangerous virus and disease from entering the country.
“The measures reiterate the Ministry’s keenness in achieving its strategic objectives to ensure healthy and safe food for consumers and enhance biosecurity levels and eliminating pathogens before they enter the country,” the ministry said, citing global health advisories.
The Kerala fruit and vegetable ban is based upon World Health Organisation warnings of a Nipah virus outbreak in which fruit bats have been identified as the main hosts that feed on mangoes, dates and bananas.
The South African live animal bans is based upon World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever disease, in South Africa. -abdulbasit@theuaenews.com