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South Africa Reports LPAI in Western and Eastern Cape Provinces

by 5m Editor
20 June 2012, at 8:52a.m.

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African veterinary authorities have reported two outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza at commercial ostrich farms in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape Provinces.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 19 June 2012.

Out of 1,833 susceptible birds, 44 cases were reported. No deaths were recorded, and no birds were destroyed. A total of 1,493 ostriches were slaughtered.

The LPAI infection of the subtype, H7N1, was picked up due to routine surveillance for HPAI.

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).

The source of the outbreaks has not yet been determined.

Further Reading

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