South Africa reports two avian influenza outbreaks in poultry

9,500 poultry died from the virus
calendar icon 27 June 2023
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South Africa reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza in poultry east of Johannesburg, Reuters reported, citing the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) on Monday.

In total 9,500 farm poultry died from the virus in the town of Victor Khanye in Mpumalanga province, with one location having 2,000poultry and the other 7,500, WOAH said, citing South African authorities.

The strain detected was H7, which is different from the H5N1 one that has killed several hundred million birds around the world.

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