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First cases of Newcastle disease found in WC birds

Dr Deon De Beer has warned authorities to be aware of Newcastle Disease, a viral condition affecting birds such as chickens, which can be passed on to humans.

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CAPE TOWN - An avian veterinarian says that bird flu is not the only disease that the Western Cape government should be focusing on.

Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde will be giving a briefing on the recent bird flu outbreaks on Thursday.

At least 100 jobs were lost following an outbreak of the deadly flu strain at a duck farm in Joostenbergvlakte.

But Dr Deon De Beer has warned authorities to be aware of Newcastle disease, a viral condition affecting birds such as chickens, which can be passed on to humans.

De Beer says the disease has been detected in other birds for the first time in South Africa.

“For the first time in South Africa, this has been identified in Worcester and two cases have been diagnosed in Somerset West in pigeons and peacocks. It also affects parrots.”

De Beer says this disease should also be a cause for concern.