PDMA up­date

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Dr Ziyanda Ma­jok­weni

Fol­low­ing the up­date on 25 Au­gust 2017 from the PDMA on avian in­fluenza, fur­ther out­breaks of highly path­o­genic avian in­fluenza of the H5N8 type have been con­firmed. This brings the num­ber of re­ported out­breaks to forty three.

The break­down is as fol­lows: thir­teen out­breaks in commercial chick­ens, eight out­breaks in commercial os­triches, four­teen out­breaks in wild birds, four out­breaks in birds that were kept as a hobby and four out­breaks in back­yard poul­try. Quar­an­tine has been in­sti­tuted on all af­fected prop­er­ties and the usual dis­ease con­trol measures have com­menced. The new out­breaks in commercial poul­try are in the West­ern Cape and North­west Prov­ince.

Farm­ers are once again en­cour­aged to ob­serve strict biose­cu­rity measures dur­ing this time to pre­vent in­tro­duc­tion of the dis­ease onto their farms. If farm­ers re­quire as­sis­tance they should contact their vet­eri­nar­ian or a state vet­eri­nar­ian.

Mem­bers of the public are also re­quested to re­port any sight­ings of higher than usual lev­els of chicken or wild bird mor­tal­i­ties to au­thor­i­ties.

Mem­bers are also re­minded that 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. At this stage there is still a lim­ited im­pact on chicken and egg sup­ply and in­dus­try is ac­tion­ing con­tin­gency plans to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of sup­ply.

For­ward and back­ward trac­ing

Work in this re­gard has re­sumed. A data­base has been de­vel­oped to en­able back­ward and for­ward trac­ing. This work will be ex­tended to in­clude a near real time vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of the cur­rent out­break of H5N8. This will as­sist de­ci­sion mak­ers with the man­age­ment of the dis­ease. Ad­di­tion­ally, a trac­ing study based on a sam­ple of af­fected farms is be­ing ini­ti­ated. This will pro­vide much needed in­for­ma­tion to the in­dus­try and other role play­ers on the move­ment of peo­ple, feed and other fac­tors that play a role in the spread of AI.

Economic im­pact anal­y­sis

SAPA has en­gaged the Bureau for Food and Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy (BFAP) to do the economic im­pact anal­y­sis of the dis­ease. Work has started and the team has opted for a ques­tion­naire to be sent to pro­duc­ers to as­sist with the re­quired in­for­ma­tion. The ques­tion­naire is un­der re­view and will be sent out to af­fected pro­duc­ers in the next week.


Apro­posal for con­sid­er­a­tion by DAFF has been de­vel­oped and shared with DAFF; how­ever the work­ing group is still en­rich­ing the pro­posal to en­sure that it cor­rectly cap­tures a re­al­is­tic vaccination exit strat­egy. The work­ing group is due to meet next week.

The im­pact of vaccination on im­ports note was fi­nalised and dis­trib­uted for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Hatch­ing egg im­ports

DAFF has re­leased a draft pro­to­col for com­ment by the time you read this. The pro­posal has been shared with the Poul­try Vets Group of SAVA for the vets to com­ment. The pro­posal in­di­cates the two op­tions, namely the ap­pli­ca­tion of strin­gent measures once the eggs get to SA, and the ap­pli­ca­tion of the measures in the source coun­tries through an ap­proval sys­tem. The pro­posal also de­tails quar­an­tine spec­i­fi­ca­tions.


DAFF is still in the process of fi­nal­is­ing a com­pen­sa­tion guide­line for con­sid­er­a­tion. The in­dus­try should re­ceive com­mu­ni­ca­tion in this re­gard by next week. SAPA will con­tinue to en­gage Min­is­ter Davies and other role play­ers to as­sist the in­dus­try to en­sure busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity.

Reg­is­tra­tion of live chicken traders and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion forms

The online reg­is­tra­tion plat­form con­tin­ues to at­tract farm­ers and traders of live birds for both reg­is­tra­tions and monthly rec­on­cil­i­a­tions.

Cur­rently two hundred and fifty nine (259) pro­duc­ers and three thou­sand three hundred and six­teen (3316) live bird traders are regis­tered on the plat­form. To date, 1586 rec­on­cil­i­a­tions have been re­ceived. We ap­peal to pro­duc­ers to as­sist live bird traders who have no ac­cess to the in­ter­net to reg­is­ter on-line and com­plete their rec­on­cil­i­a­tions online.

Pro­duc­ers are re­minded not to sell to traders that have not filed their monthly rec­on­cil­i­a­tion forms. Upon fil­ing a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion form, traders are is­sued a con­fir­ma­tion they must pro­duce when pur­chas­ing live birds. Role play­ers are once again en­cour­aged to com­ply with this con­trol mea­sure.¡

For any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or en­quiries, please contact PDMA Di­rec­tor Dr Ziyanda Ma­jok­weni by email at ziyanda@sapoul­try. co.za or call on 084 616 6084.

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