Daleen van Manen
1 minute read
23 Mar 2018
9:53 am

Bird flu outbreak in North West

Daleen van Manen

The outbreak of highly contagious bird flu has been reported in De Kroon between Brits and Hartbeespoort.

South Africa has recorded a second outbreak of the avian influenza virus on a broiler breeder farm in the North West.

The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in swans was confirmed at a plot in De Kroon, North West on 19 March, the department of rural, environment and agricultural development said in a statement to private veterinary practices on Monday, Kormorant reports.

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“Quarantine has been imposed on the plot on which the outbreak occurred, with biosecurity instructions and regular monitoring. Other prescribed outbreak controls are currently under way on the outbreak site as well as the surroundings,” the statement read.

The department said commercial poultry farmers closer to the facility had been made aware of the current HPAI outbreak.

Private veterinarians in and around Brits have been alerted to the outbreak.

Veterinary clinics have advised clients that due to the outbreak they can unfortunately for the time being not allow the admission of sick poultry or any wild birds on their premises.

However, veterinary clinics can still dispense medicine.

Contact the state vet for further assistance on 014 592 9281.

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