WC Agriculture Department probing possible cases of bird flu

There have been 13 reported outbreaks of the highly contagious virus in various parts of Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the Free State since June.

FILE: The Western Cape Agriculture Department has placed two ostrich farms under quarantine. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Agriculture Department is investigating two possible cases of bird flu in the Heidelberg area.

The department has placed two ostrich farms under quarantine.

There have been 13 reported outbreaks of the highly contagious virus in various parts of Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the Free State since June.

The department’s Petro van Rhyn says, “Those farms have been placed under quarantine, which prohibits any movement of birds to and from the affected properties.

And people and vehicles from these areas will also have to adhere to strict, heightened measures.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)