April 15, 2021


Commercial poultry farm in South Africa hit by bird flu


South Africa's Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development said the H5 strain of bird flu was detected at a chicken farm in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng province, Reuters reported.


According to the ministry, about 300 birds have died from the virus with farm samples testing positive for the H5 strain.


The remaining birds were culled, and the farm placed under quarantine. Veterinary authorities are currently investigating the extent of the bird flu outbreak.


The farm was previously affected by H5N8 bird flu in 2017. During the nationwide bird flu outbreak that year, millions of birds were culled and neighbouring countries like Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe banned poultry imports from South Africa.


The ministry has urged farmers to look out for signs of the virus and report any suspicions to the closest state veterinarian.


- Reuters

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