Rorisang Kgosana
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22 Apr 2021
4:31 pm

No need for concern over bird flu outbreak, but exports could suffer

Rorisang Kgosana

eSwatini now considering a total or partial ban on poultry imports from South Africa.

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

  eSwatini could follow Lesotho and other neighbours' lead to ban poultry imports from South Africa amid a second outbreak of the avian influenza virus, this time in the North West province. About 14,000 broiler breeder birds were culled following a second outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5 virus was detected at a broiler breeder farm in the province. The mortalities are with the Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Institute for analysis and sequencing, the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) said. This was the latest detected outbreak following an earlier case on a farm in the East Rand, which resulted in the...