Poultry flocks in South Africa, West Africa hit by avian flu
Despite reporting success in controlling one strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus in poultry, South Africa is struggling to contain the disease linked to a second variant. West African states Nigeria and Ghana have reported detecting the same virus in their respective poultry sectors.
Since the start of July, nine new outbreaks of HPAI in poultry linked to the H5N1 virus variant have occurred in South Africa.
According to the latest reports from the national veterinary agency to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), these bring the country’s total outbreaks since March of…