Bird flu in Vil­liers

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BIRD flu in­fec­tions on a farm in the Villers dis­trict have been con­firmed by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture‚ Forestry and Fish­eries.

The SA Ve­teri­nary Author­ity was no­ti­fied of high mor­tal­i­ties at a chicken breed­ing site close to the Mpumalanga pro­vin­cial bor­der‚ the depart­ment said.

Sam­ples from the farm had tested pos­i­tive for a highly path­o­genic strain of avian in­fluenza. The birds were to be hu­manely eu­thanised.

There was an out­break of bird flu in Zim­babwe ear­lier this month.

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