A to­tal of 46 os­trich farms un­der qua­ran­ti­ne

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WES­TERN CA­PE T­he­re are cur­rent­ly 17 pro­per­ties which ha­ve been con­fir­med to be in­fected with highly pat­ho­ge­nic a­vi­an in­flu­en­za (HPAI), strain H5N8, 46 os­trich farms are un­der qua­ran­ti­ne and an ex­cess of 200 000 chic­kens ha­ve died or been cul­led in the pro­vin­ce. This is ac­cor­ding to an up­da­te on the sta­tus of a­vi­an in­flu­en­za in the pro­vin­ce by the Wes­tern Ca­pe Go­vern­ment on T­hurs­day 7 Sep­tem­ber. Alan Win­de, Mi­nis­ter of E­co­no­mic Op­por­tu­ni­ties and the sta­te vet te­am we­re de­ploy­ed to de­al with the out­b­re­ak. Farms are ur­ged to put strict bi­o­se­cu­ri­ty me­a­su­res in pla­ce im­me­di­a­te­ly. “We need the coope­ra­ti­on of the en­ti­re af­fected sec­tor – pri­va­te and pu­blic – if we are to win this batt­le,” said Win­de. In re­spect of the a­bo­ve-men­ti­o­ned ca­ses, the for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­ti­on pro­cess has been con­clu­ded and the­se ca­ses can, the­re­fo­re, be ma­de pu­blic. The fol­lo­wing con­t­rol me­a­su­res are in pla­ce at the os­trich farms • All farms within 10km of an in­fected farm are un­der qua­ran­ti­ne; • Mo­vement con­t­rol of eggs and chicks is in pla­ce within the qua­ran­ti­ned a­rea; • Slaug­h­ter of bi­rds on­ly al­lo­wed af­ter a farm has tes­ted ne­ga­ti­ve; • In to­tal, 19 farms are un­der qua­ran­ti­ne in Hei­del­berg and 27 in the Oudts­hoorn a­rea. The fol­lo­wing con­t­rol me­a­su­res are in pla­ce at the poul­try farms • Po­si­ti­ve farms are pla­ced un­der qua­ran­ti­ne; • In­fected and in con­tact bi­rds are cul­led hu­ma­ne­ly; • Farm is cle­a­ned and dis­in­fected to de­acti­va­te any re­mai­ning vi­rus be­fo­re qua­ran­ti­ne is lif­ted; • In­cre­a­sed mo­ni­to­ring and tes­ting if ne­ces­sa­ry of all pro­per­ties with bi­rds in a 3km ra­di­us sur­roun­ding an in­fected farm As a furt­her con­t­rol me­a­su­re, the vets ha­ve laun­ched an in­te­racti­ve sur­vey with far­mers and bi­rd o­w­ners in the sur­roun­ding a­re­as of in­fected pro­per­ties. Pro­per­ties who do not com­ple­te the sur­vey and who are within 3km of an in­fected farm, will be vi­si­ted by an a­ni­mal he­alth techni­ci­an. Bi­o­se­cu­ri­ty is the most im­por­tant met­hod of pre­ven­ting a­vi­an in­flu­en­za from spre­a­ding. Fa­re­mers are ur­ged to im­ple­ment the fol­lo­wing me­a­su­res with im­me­di­a­te ef­fect: • Keep poul­try and ot­her bi­rds a­way from wild bi­rds and their bo­dy fluids, through keeping them ind­oors, or u­sing screens, fen­cing or nets; • Access to your pro­per­ty should be re­stricted as far as pos­si­ble; • Vehi­cles should be dis­in­fected upon en­te­ring and ex­i­ting your pro­per­ty • Do not al­low any people who ha­ve had con­tact with poul­try in the last 48 hours on­to your pro­per­ty; • The use of foot­bat­hs upon en­try and ex­it to the poul­try hou­se; • Re­mo­ve i­tems that at­tract wild bi­rds such as mor­ta­li­ties or spil­led feed; • P­re­fe­ra­bly do not hand­le ot­her bi­rds, and dis­in­fect your hands or any in-con­tact clo­thing af­ter­ward. Win­de said: “One of my big­ge­st con­cerns is the im­pact of this out­b­re­ak on the e­co­nomy. The os­trich sec­tor pro­vi­des a­round 15 000 di­rect jobs and in­di­rect­ly 100 000 people de­pend on this sec­tor for their li­ve­li­hoods. We know the de­cre­a­sed supply of poul­try pro­ducts in the mar­ket will al­so put pres­su­re on food pri­ces; a furt­her strain on hou­se­holds.” To sup­port wor­kers at af­fected farms w­he­re cul­ling may ha­ve ta­ken pla­ce, the sta­te vets are li­ai­sing with the De­part­ment of So­ci­al De­ve­lop­ment to en­s­u­re so­ci­al wor­kers are ma­de a­vai­la­ble to sup­port af­fected wor­kers. Re­com­men­da­ti­ons from the OIE re­gar­ding the ro­le of com­pen­sa­ti­on in di­se­a­se con­t­rol in­di­ca­te that com­pen­sa­ti­on should on­ly co­ver di­rect los­ses and do so at a le­vel bet­ween 75% and 90% of mar­ket va­lue. “Alt­hough we ha­ve no re­por­ted ca­ses of people being in­fected with this strain of a­vi­an in­flu­en­za, we are ur­ging people in con­tact with in­fected bi­rds to ta­ke pre­cau­ti­ons. We need the coope­ra­ti­on of the pu­blic to stop the spre­ad of this di­se­a­se.” Poul­try wor­kers and a­bat­toir wor­kers and tho­se who dress their own poul­try are most at risk. People should on­ly hand­le de­ad bi­rd car­cas­ses with glo­ves, or dis­in­fect their hands af­ter hand­ling car­cas­ses. Poul­try pro­ducts from gro­ce­ry sto­res are sa­fe for con­sump­ti­on.

Pho­to: Wil­ma A­damson.

T­he­re are cur­rent­ly 17 pro­per­ties which ha­ve been con­fir­med to be in­fected with highly pat­ho­ge­nic a­vi­an in­flu­en­za.

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