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Bird flu strain spotted on chicken farm in Western Cape

Around 10,000 chickens have died from the flu and officials are busy culling the rest of the poultry on the property to prevent further spread.

FILE: Picture: Freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Agriculture Department says it’s spotted a strain of bird flu on a commercial chicken farm in the province.

This past week the department confirmed an outbreak of the disease on a farm in the Paardeberg region.

Around 10,000 chickens have died from the flu and officials are busy culling the rest of the poultry on the property to prevent further spread.

It’s unclear whether this flu is the H5N8 strain which broke out in the Heidelberg area recently, but authorities say the symptoms are similar.

Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde has reminded people that the flu does not affect humans.

“We don’t have to worry about it from a human consumption point of view. Basically, it’s fatal for chickens and not passed on to humans.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)