Avian flu leads to 147 000 culls

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

ONE OF Zim­babwe’s big­gest poul­try pro­duc­ers, Irvine’s, has culled 140 000 birds fol­low­ing an out­break of avian in­fluenza at its premises which killed 7 000 oth­ers, as the gov­ern­ment quar­an­tined the af­fected site to pre­vent the spread of the virus. A press state­ment pub­lished by the com­pany yes­ter­day said that the com­pany had iden­ti­fied and con­tained a form of avian flu on an iso­lated site just out­side Harare. “Irvine’s, to­gether with the Zim­babwe Ve­teri­nary De­part­ment, have re­sponded by plac­ing the af­fected site un­der quar­an­tine and the en­tire flock that was af­fected has been culled and dis­posed of in ac­cor­dance with the rel­e­vant ve­teri­nary reg­u­la­tions,” the com­pany said. Avian flu is a virus that oc­curs nat­u­rally among wild aquatic birds and af­fects do­mes­tic poul­try. – Xin­hua

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