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WC govt to discuss impact of bird flu outbreak

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has banned the sale of live hens to avoid the spread of the contagious H5N8 avian flu.

FILE: At least 25,000 birds have been culled as part of preventative measures. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape government officials will be discussing the impact of an outbreak of bird flu.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has banned the sale of live hens to avoid the spread of the contagious H5N8 avian flu.

Last week, there was an outbreak at a farm in the Free State and a second case has been confirmed in Mpumalanga.

Veterinary Services chief director Doctor Gininda Msiza says provincial stakeholders will meet over the national ban on the sale of live cull birds at Elsenburg on Wednesday.

Msiza says logistics and enforcement interventions will be discussed.

The National Agriculture Department says it’s working to ensure the outbreak of bird flu, which has not affected any humans, does not spread to other provinces.

At least 25,000 birds have been culled as part of preventative measures.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)