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Bird flu cases in WC increases to 50

At least 2.5 million chickens and ducks have been culled since the regional outbreak of avian flu was first confirmed in August.

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CAPE TOWN - The number of confirmed cases of bird flu in the Western Cape has risen to 50.

At least 2.5 million chickens and ducks have been culled since the regional outbreak of avian flu was first confirmed in August.

According to the South Afican Poultry Association, 80% of egg producers in the province have been affected.

Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said: “We are now are 2.5 million birds that have been culled in this process. The majority are hens laying eggs for the market, which has a huge impact on the supply of eggs into the system.”