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At least 40 bird flu cases confirmed since June outbreak

The Department of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries confirmed cases of bird flu to the World Organisation for Animal Health.

A chicken farm. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - At least 40 cases of bird flu have been confirmed since an outbreak in June.

Hundreds of thousands of birds have perished or been culled across the country since the H5N8 strain was detected.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries confirmed cases of bird flu to the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Poultry Disease Management Agency's Director Majokweni says according to public documents, 43 cases have been detected.

“We’ve had 13 outbreaks in commercial poultry, we’ve had eight outbreaks in commercial ostriches, 14 outbreaks in wild birds, four outbreaks in birds that were kept as a hobby and four outbreaks in back yard poultry.”

Late last month, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said guidelines would be released on 1 September for affected farmers to claim compensation, but these have yet to be published.

The Democratic Alliance wants Zokwana to tell Parliament how his department plans to halt job losses due to bird flu.