Bird flu breaks out SA con­trols bird flu

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS -

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.¡

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