(Mirror Daily, United States) – An outbreak of avian flu shook the South African province Mpumalanga, as well as some other Free State provinces. This led to a ban issued by the authorities in Zimbabwe on all poultry imports coming from South Africa.
The ban will be lifted when the avian crisis passes
Dr. Josphat Nyika, the director of the country’s Department of Veterinary Services, revealed what poultry products are the subject of the ban. They include eggs, both for table and for hatching, frozen full-boned meat, as well as mechanically de-boned chicken.
The ban will be active for an indefinite period. They will reallow the import of poultry products from South Africa when the veterinary department of the country will report that the avian flu outbreak is over.
Two South African poultry farms became infected with avian influenza
This weekend, the Mpumalanga authorities reported of the avian flu outbreak. This determined the authorities to stop the commercialization of live hens all across the country, so as to avoid further contamination. Bomikazi Molapo, the spokesperson of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, said they would lift the ban only when the crisis was over.
The outbreak was caused by an extremely pathogenic strain of avian flu (HPAI), namely H5N8. This virus spreads incredibly quickly, and can infect many species of birds. It can easily be transmitted after contact with the infected animals, as well as from their sources of water and food.
After the weekend report, a farm from Standerton announced a second case of avian flu infection. Experts discovered the same virus was responsible, but there’s no link between the two farms. Therefore, they decided the virus suffered a separate introduction, which made them put all the 25,000 birds into quarantine and issue bans on the sale of many poultry products.
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