Botswana has banned the import of poultry products from South Africa after an outbreak of avian flu – also known as bird flu – was discovered on a chicken farm in South Africa.
On Tuesday around 300 birds died of avian flu at a commercial chicken-layer farm in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, with samples from the farm testing positive for the H5 strain.
IN 2017 MILLIONS OF BIRDS WERE CULLED DUE TO ‘BIRD FLU’
According to Reuters Botswana authorities warned the public to be vigilant and to report any deaths of domestic poultry and wild birds to veterinary offices.
After an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian flu in 2017, which saw poultry farmers culling millions of birds, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana banned poultry imports from South Africa.
“As a result, the import of domesticated and wild birds, their products (meat, eggs and feathers), from South Africa is banned with immediate effect,” the Botswana’s Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security reportedly said in a statement.
IN THE EC WILD BIRDS DIED OF AVIAN PARAMYXOVIRUS
Meanwhile in the Eastern Cape, wild birds found dead in parts of the province had died of Avian Paramyxovirus and Newcastle diseases.
The Eastern Cape department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform confirmed the test results on Tuesday, 13 April.
Hundreds of bird deaths have been reported in the Buffalo City Municipality since March, which prompted Neville’s Snake and Reptile Rescue to collect dead birds for testing at the SPCA.
Wild birds found mysteriously dying in Gqeberha were also handed to state veterinarians for testing.
Testing and investigation included tracing of birds, collecting and conducting post mortems to identify the cause of bird deaths. Samples collected were sent to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Research (OVR) Laboratory for analysis.