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Two WC farms under quarantine after bird flu confirmed

Provincial Agricultural MEC Alan Winde says although they are taking the virus seriously it’s unlikely it will spread to humans.

FILE: Young ostriches on an Oudtshoorn farm. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Two farms have been placed under quarantine after bird flu was discovered among its ostriches.

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

Provincial Agricultural MEC Alan Winde says although they are taking the virus seriously it’s unlikely it will spread to humans.

“The positive test signs on two farms on Southern Cape, and these two farms have been quarantined and there are about 1,000 ostriches on each farm.

“We’ll continue testing in the area as well as making sure that no birds are moved in or out.”