Commercial chicken farms in Ekurhuleni and Tshwane have reported outbreaks, while another farm in the local municipality of JB Marks in the northwest has also been quarantined.
JOHANNESBURG – The government has urged poultry farmers to treat any animal deaths as a potential case of bird flu, while South Africa is fighting an outbreak of a highly infectious strain on several farms.
This is after commercial chicken farms in Ekurhuleni and Tshwane reported outbreaks, while another farm in the northwestern local municipality of JB Marks was also quarantined.
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The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Namibia, Botswana and Lesotho banned poultry and related raw products from areas affected by bird flu outbreaks.
Reggie Ngcobo’s department said that while no human infections have been reported due to circulating strains, farmers should take precautionary measures.
“We ask everyone to treat any bird mortality as possible avian influenza until proven otherwise. All increases in mortality rates should be reported to the state veterinarian in charge of the area immediately. In addition, all those responsible for raising birds and any other birds must ensure their safety measures are of the highest possible standard. “