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Bird flu: WC officials brace for more outbreaks

A duck farm in the Joostenbergvlakte is the latest casualty.

Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Agriculture Department says that fresh outbreaks of bird flu in the province are likely.

A duck farm in the Joostenbergvlakte is the latest casualty.

Tens of thousands of the animals died or had to culled recently, while 96 workers have lost their jobs.

Last week thousands of chickens were also killed due to bird flu which hit a commercial poultry farm in the Paardeberg region.

Meanwhile, three ostrich farms in Heidelberg remain under quarantine after the deadly flu strain first emerged there.

Agriculture MEC Alan Winde says they’re monitoring the situation.

“It started in the ostrich industry in the Heidelberg region and moved to the Paardeberg region where chicken and ducks were affected. Now we also have deaths in other parts of the province. We’re monitoring it and testing it to prevent any further outbreaks in the province.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)