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World of Birds to remain open for visitors despite bird flu outbreak

World of Birds’ Hendrik Louw says the virus was first picked up in a chicken.

An enclosure at World of Birds. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN – Despite an outbreak of bird flu at the World of Birds in Hout Bay, the sanctuary will remain open to visitors.

World of Birds’ Hendrik Louw says the virus was first picked up in a chicken.

“The public is made aware of it immediately as they get here. The public walk through different sections where they get decontaminated as they are walking.”

It’s home to 2,500 birds.

Multiple outbreaks of the H5N8 virus have been detected across the country.