Bird flu breaks out SA controls bird flu
After South Africa recorded its first two known outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu, a further two incidents have been reported on commercial layer farms in Gauteng and Mpumalanga, bringing the total number to four.
Both farms have been quarantined and further control measures are being implemented to curb the spread of the disease. The DAFF has also confirmed that the depopulation of the two sites affected in June has been completed.
This is the same H5N8 strain that has wreaked havoc in flocks across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The source of the outbreak is still unknown, although this strain of bird flu had earlier been detected in Zimbabwe. This strain has been found not to be dangerous to humans and the birds affected are a very small percentage of the total South African chicken flock. Currently, there is still limited impact on chicken and egg supply.
The DAFF is pleading with farmers across the country to increase bio-security measures to avoid further spread of the disease.¡