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    Posted: June 15 2017 at 2:25pm

Zimbabwe reports H5N8 bird flu at poultry farm: OIE

Zimbabwe has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a commercial poultry farm in Mashonaland East province, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday.

The virus was detected on a farm with 2 million birds in Lanark and killed 7,845 animals. Another 75,155 birds were culled, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from the Zimbabwe's livestock and veterinary services.

"The affected site is close to a small dam where there are a number of different migratory waterfowl, which are tentatively suspected to be (the) source of infection," the report said.

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Bate Felix)

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SA POULTRY ASSOCIATION CONCERNED OVER BIRD FLU IN ZIMBABWE

Suppliers in SA are highly concerned that their livestock is in jeopardy following an outbreak of avian flu in Zimbabwe.

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    JOHANNESBURG - The South African Poultry Association says its concerned about the possibility of South Africa losing 140 million chickens to bird flu should the virus spread from Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe announced an outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a poultry farm east of Harare last week and Botswana has already banned poultry imports from that country.

    Mozambique followed soon after.

    Suppliers in South Africa are now highly concerned that their livestock is in jeopardy following an outbreak of avian flu on a poultry farm in Zimbabwe.

    At least 715,000 chickens died in the Mashonaland province due to the virus.

    The South African Poultry Association's Kevin Lovell says they're not taking the matter lightly and systems are in place to stop any possible danger.

    “We are most certainly worried, this is the first time that Zimbabwe has had a highly pathogenic avian influenza in its chickens. It had in ostriches once before as has South Africa. But we’ve never had it in South Africa in chicken either and that means we are still at risk.”

    Lovell says they are working with government as well.

    “Government has had a contingency plan in the event of an avian influenza outbreak since the mid-2000s.”

    He says that research is currently being conducted to determine whether the virus is being spread by wild birds moving over borders or by human activity.

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    Ducks carrying bird flu cause a flap in SA

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    SA authorities are working to heighten public and commercial awareness of the outbreak.

    If wild ducks are carrying the H5N8 strain of bird flu, they could have already crossed South Africa’s border with Zimbabwe, where a pathogenic avian influenza outbreak has led to thousands of chickens being culled.

    In the face of that risk, SA authorities are working to heighten public and commercial awareness of the outbreak.

    According to South African Poultry Association CEO Kevin Lovell, further investigations are underway to confirm if H5N8 is originating from wild ducks.

    “This helps to determine how to manage this. We are upping our game,” he said.

    “If it’s from wild ducks, they could have made their way to South Africa, but that is not guaranteed.”

    A pamphlet will also go out  to organisations in border provinces, making them aware of the situation.

    Lovell said authorities were not concerned about the smuggling of chickens that would be eaten in a day or two.

    “We are not fussed about smuggling across the border. What we are more worried about it being spread by wild ducks.

    “Because if it’s spread by wild birds, it will fly and do its thing – and we can’t follow it.”

    Nevertheless, border control was part of the plan of a task team dealing with the outbreak run by the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, he added.

    The South African national contingency plan was also being amended to include research based on the last outbreak, among ostriches in 2011, when farmers had to slaughter thousands of livestock, he said.

    The amendment also examines the handling of bird flu outbreaks in other parts of the world. “This work was already done last year.

    “We started upgrading it, when there was no threat.”

    Lovell urged the public to keep a look out for dead chickens or birds and report any sightings to local agriculture departments.

    “We are also collecting samples from Zimbabwe and our team will do further analysis. “

    So we will see what the risks are for it to become a human pathogen.”

    Meanwhile, South Africa has suspended all trade in birds and table egg products from Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe’s leading egg and poultry producer, Irvine’s, is the supplier most affected by the outbreak, with 7 000 of its birds killed by the virus and a further 140 000 euthanised as a preventive measure.

    Irvine’s said it had since contained the outbreak on an isolated site it owns outside the capital city, Harare, and advised all poultry producers to be extra vigilant, avoid contact with wild birds and keep poultry indoors.

    According to the department, the Limpopo veterinary authorities were also on high alert and had increased surveillance, especially of backyard chickens.

    “South Africa has prohibited vaccination of chickens against notifiable avian influenza and no vaccine against this disease is registered in the country. “

    No farmer should allow their chickens to be vaccinated,” it warned.

    According to the World Health Organisation, humans can be infected with the H5N8 virus, but the likelihood of that is low.

    To date, no human cases of infection with H5N8 have been detected.

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    i wonder why SA has banned Vaccination of chickens ?
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