Newest update on the Bird Flu outbreak:
RADU SIGHETI / REUTERS
South Africa’s agricultural department confirmed on Wednesday two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu have been detected on commercial layer farms in Gauteng and Mpumalanga.
The farms have been placed under quarantine and movement of chickens and chicken products onto and off the farms have been stopped, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement.
“The two farms were immediately placed under quarantine by the state Veterinarian. The quarantine includes, as a minimum, a prohibition of the movement of chickens and chicken products onto and off the farm. The necessary measures have been taken to contain and eliminate the disease as efficiently as possible on both farms,” said the department.
EWN: FARMERS URGED TO INCREASE BIO-SECURITY MEASURES AS BIRD FLU SPREADS
Katleho Sekhotho | one hour ago
Four farms have been affected by bird flu in South Africa with over 200,000 birds culled.
JOHANNESBURG – The Agriculture Department is pleading with farmers across the country to increase bio-security measures afterconfirmation that bird flu has reached a Germiston Farm.
The department says that it has informed all poultry producers about preventative measures, as the virus is difficult to control because it is usually spread by wild migrating birds.
Four farms have been affected by bird flu in South Africa with over 200,000 birds culled. The Agriculture Department has also banned the sale of live chickens until the H5N8 strain has been eliminated.
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Moneyweb- SA 260 000 BIRDS KILLED TO CONTAIN BIRD FLU- Minister
Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana suspended poultry imports from country.
Tanisha Heiberg, Reuters / 29 June 2017 09:46
PRETORIA – South Africa has culled 260 000 birds so far to contain an H5N8 bird flu outbreak, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana told a news briefing on Thursday.
South Africa has confirmed outbreaks of avian flu, which is often transmitted by wild birds, on at least two farms. Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana suspended poultry imports from South Africa this week after the outbreak.
EWN- SA REPORTS OUTBREAK OF H5N8 BIRD FLU IN MPUMALANGA: OIE
Some 5,000 birds died of the highly contagious disease and the remainder at the 24,000-birds farm was in the process of being culled.
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu on a commercial broiler breeder farm in Mpumalanga province, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday, citing a report from the South African farm ministry.
Some 5,000 birds died of the highly contagious disease and the remainder at the 24,000-birds farm was in the process of being culled, the ministry said.
South Africa earlier this month suspended all trade in birds and chicken products from neighboring Zimbabwe after it reported an outbreak of the H5N8 bird flu at a commercial poultry farm.
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