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Some WC retailers running out of eggs due to bird flu

Since the outbreak in June, 79 cases of the H5N8 virus have been reported nationwide, with 49 in the Western Cape.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - About eight in 10 egg producers in the Western Cape have been affected by bird flu.

That's according to the South African Poultry Association.

Since the outbreak in June, 79 cases of the H5N8 virus have been reported nationwide, with 49 in the Western Cape.

The Poultry Association's Achmad Brinkhuis says 80% of the Western Cape's roughly 20 egg producers have been affected by the Avian Influenza outbreak.

These include small, medium and large-scale operations.

“If I talk about big, some of them have 800,000 birds per cycles, and those farms are closed, so you can imagine how many eggs are out of circulation now.”

It's understood some retailers are already running out of eggs due to the disease.

Brinkhuis says some shops have resorted to importing goods from other provinces, but he warns this may not be enough to stop shortages in the Western Cape.

The decline in supply will most likely hike the prices of the breakfast favourite.