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Avian Influenza Hits Business Continuity

by 5m Editor
20 May 2011, at 12:00pm

SOUTH AFRICA - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in South Africa, is causing severe business continuity issues for some regional poultry and ostrich farmers.

HPAI was first detected on 9 April 2011 in ostrich farms in South Africa's Klein Karoo Valley in the Western Cape Province.

In the following weeks the disease spread further in the area endangering the local ostrich population that is kept for meat production.

A European Commission emergency veterinary team arrived yesterday on-the spot to give technical assistance to the local authorities to control the disease.

The expert support team will help control the disease, thus limiting the risk and impact it may have on other poultry and eventually reducing trade restrictions.