SA BIRD FLU UP­DATE

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The in­dus­try con­tin­ues to be un­der im­mense pres­sure from the cur­rent Highly Path­o­genic Avian In­fluenza (HPAI) H5N8 that’s dev­as­tat­ing the in­dus­try. As pre­vi­ously re­ported, the in­dus­try has thus far been af­fected mainly in the long liv­ing birds, lay­ers, breed­ers, os­triches and ducks, as well as wild birds. The out­breaks have so far been re­ported in the Mpumalanga, North-west, Kwazulu-natal, West­ern Cape and Gauteng prov­inces. It is es­ti­mated that over a mil­lion birds have been af­fected, with as many chick­ens culled.

By Fri­day 1 Septem­ber 2017, a to­tal of 34 out­breaks had been re­ported to the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for An­i­mal Health (OIE). Of th­ese, ten out­breaks are in commercial chick­ens, six in commercial os­triches, one in ducks, eleven in wild birds, three in birds that were kept for hobby, and three in back­yard poul­try. It’s very likely that more out­breaks will still be re­ported be­fore the weather gets warmer and the rains start. In most coun­tries, the num­ber of out­breaks de­creased sig­nif­i­cantly with warmer weather.

The in­dus­try con­tin­ues to work with govern­ment to look at the con­trol measures, in­clud­ing vaccination, im­port of hatch­ing eggs to close the gap caused by culling, as well as ad­dress­ing the is­sue of com­pen­sa­tion.

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