Bird Flu: South Africa’s Neighbours Ban Poultry Imports


Workers from the Animal Protection Ministry cull chickens to contain an outbreak of bird flu in Ivory Coast
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Namibia and Botswana on Tuesday suspended poultry imports from South Africa with immediate effect, following outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu.

South Africa has confirmed outbreaks of avian flu, which is often transmitted by wild birds, on at least two farms.

South Africa and Mozambique banned poultry imports from Zimbabwe this month after a bird flu outbreak there.

Botswana, which only imports 5 percent of its poultry needs, said it would no longer buy poultry meat, processed products and feeds from South Africa.

“The restriction is a precautionary measure to avoid equal infection here as well as protect our people,” agriculture minister Patrick Ralotsia told Reuters.

Zimbabwe imposed a similar ban while Namibia also halted imports…

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