Poultry Association, Government Meet Over Bird Flu

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 28, 2017

Department of veterinary services director Josphat Nyika was quoted by the state-run Herald newspaper on Tuesday as saying that the ban will remain in force until South Africa clears the highly pathogenic virus.

Bomikazi Molapo, the spokesperson of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, said they would lift the ban only when the crisis was over.

Daff also reported the outbreak of H5N8 bird flu on a commercial broiler breeder farm in Mpumalanga and said almost 5000 birds had died and the rest were culled.

It is the latest threat to a poultry industry that was already under pressure.

In a statement released Monday, the department said: "To date, no human cases of infection with avian influenza H5N8 have been reported".

It also suspended all trade in birds and chicken products from neighbouring Zimbabwe earlier this month after it reported the outbreak.

"Cooked poultry meat products from South Africa for commercial purposes may still be imported into Namibia under the revised veterinary import permit".

"The ban of live hens (including roosters) is still in place, to enable the department to assess the extent of the outbreak".

"It takes approximately four days for the infected bird to show clinical signs of the disease".

If this is not possible, anyone keeping poultry outdoors should cover outdoor areas with protective nets to prevent contact with wild birds.Various strains of the bird flu virus have been found in spring in Germany, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal, as well as elsewhere around the world.

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