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Bird flu virus hits Johannesburg

The City of Johannesburg says most bird carcasses found have tested positive for the h5n8 strain of the virus.

Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG – The bird flu virus has now hit Johannesburg with 581 birds culled since last month.

The City of Johannesburg says most bird carcasses found have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the virus.

The Johannesburg Zoo has also been affected.

Residents who own birds have been urged to monitor them, especially if they live close to the zoo.

Joburg City Parks and Zoo’s Jenny Moodley says, “The seasonal migration of free-roaming birds has aided the spread unfortunately and this has affected the City of Joburg, including the Joburg Zoo and three other sites which include the Westdene Dam, Emmarentia Dam and Zoo Lake.”

Avian veterinarians say humans can’t contract the new strain of avian influenza which has been detected in birds in South Africa.