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Low-path Bird Flu on Western Cape Ostrich Farm

23 April 2015, at 12:18am

SOUTH AFRICA - The veterinary authority has reported one further outbreak of low-pathogenic avian influenza of the H5N2 subtype in commercial ostriches dating back to November 2014.

The latest report from the South African animal health authority to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) – Follow-up Report No.5 dated 22 April – describes one new finding of the low-pathogenic avian flu virus of the H5N2 subtype in November last year.

At the farm, in Oudtshoorn in western Cape province, 2,221 of the 6,204 birds were affected by the virus.

The control measures applied were quarantine, movement controls inside the country and screening. Vaccination is prohibited and there was no treatment of affected animals.

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