Botswana bans poultry products from Zimbabwe over bird flu

Zimbabwe announced an outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a poultry farm east of Harare last week.

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HARARE - Botswana has banned poultry products from neighbouring Zimbabwe due to concerns over bird flu.

Zimbabwe announced an outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a poultry farm east of Harare last week.

In a statement, Botswana’s government says the ban is with immediate effect.

It covers poultry products, wild and domesticated birds and poultry feed.

Zimbabwe is understood to have notified all of its neighbours about this outbreak of bird flu, first reported on Friday at a poultry farm east of Harare.

State media on Tuesday says the farm belongs to Irvine’s, a major egg and meat producer and that affected units there have been placed under strict quarantine.

This is the H5N8 virus which has been spreading around the world: thankfully the threat to humans is thought to be very low.