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Western Cape Province Reports LPAI in Ostriches

14 May 2012

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a commercial ostrich farm located in Western Cape Province.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate report on Friday, 11 May. The outbreak was first suspected to be HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza).

Out of 2407 susceptible ostriches, 622 cases were identified. All 2407 birds were slaughtered.

LPAI infection was detected during routine surveillance for HPAI.

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.

Note by the OIE Animal Health Information Department: H5 and H7 avian influenza in its low pathogenic form in poultry is a notifiable disease as per Chapter 10.4. on avian influenza of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2011).

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.

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