Agriculture

Western Cape Culls 200 000 Chickens in Attempt to Curb Bird Flu

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities and the state vet team briefed media on the current regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province.

Highlights include:

17 cases confirmed

46 ostrich farms under quarantine

In excess of 200 000 chickens have died or been culled

Vets conducting province-wide survey and surveillance

Farms urged to put strict biosecurity measures in place immediately

The Western Cape Government today (7 September 2017) released an update on the status of avian influenza in the province.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and the state vet team deployed to deal with the outbreak, briefed the media at the Ministry of Economic Opportunities this afternoon.

There are currently 17 properties which have been confirmed to be infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), strain H5N8, in the province.

Minister Winde said: "We've made significant resources available in support of our quest to contain the spread of the disease. But, we need the cooperation of the entire affected sector - private and public - if we are to win this battle."

After a case is confirmed by positive lab tests, it is reported to the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

DAFF officially notifies the OIE (also known as the World Organisation for Animal Health) as well as our trading partners. The OIE then notifies its 71 member countries, so they may put preventative measures in place.

In respect of the above-mentioned cases, the formal notification process has been concluded, and these cases can therefore be made public.