Areas affected by bird flu in WC placed under quarantine

Two cases have been reported on Ostrich farms, home to about a thousand birds on each plot outside Heidelberg.

Cases of bird flu have been confirmed in the Western Cape. Picture: www.elsenburg.com.

CAPE TOWN - Bird flu has landed in the Western Cape. Two cases have been reported on Ostrich farms, home to about 1,000 birds on each plot outside Heidelberg.

This comes after thousands of chickens were slaughtered following an outbreak of influenza in Gauteng and Mpumalanga over the last couple of months.

Agricultural MEC Alan Winde says the affected areas have already been placed under quarantine.

“It’s an identifiable disease and we need to make sure that we manage this as strictly as possible. And we also ask people to keep an eye out if they have wild birds dying or birds that look like they could be sick.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)