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HPAI Reported in Commercial Ostriches

by 5m Editor
2 February 2012, at 6:30am

SOUTH AFRICA - Dr Bothle Michael Modisane, Chief Director of South Africa's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Animal Production and Health has reported a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Western Cape Province.

The World Organisation for Animal Health received an immediate notification yesterday, 1 February. The affected population consists of commercial ostriches found to be seropositive for H7N1 during routine surveillance for HPAI.

Out of 12278 susceptible birds, 1028 cases were identified. No deaths were recorded and no birds were destroyed.

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.

Further Reading

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