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Hmmmm - S.A Bans The Sale of Life Chickens


South Africa has placed a ban on the sale of live hens in the country in a bid to control the outbreak of bird flu.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced this Sunday, June 25 when outbreak of highly contagious H5N8, known as bird flu was confirmed at a farm in Mpumalanga.
The department spokesperson, Bomikazi Molapo said: ‘’We have placed a general ban on the sale of live hens across the country until further
notice.
This was after a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 was confirmed in a broiler breeder site in Mpumalanga on Thursday, June 22.

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HPAI is a rapidly spreading viral disease that can infect many types of birds and it is highly contagious.
“It exists naturally in many birds and can be transmitted by coming into contact with infected animals or through ingestion of infected food or water.’’
Although, the farm has not been named but has been quarantined while the affected animals have been culled there.
Hens are female chickens and those in broiler breeder sites are usually spent after a year, and are sold to small businesses who then sell them on at markets in towns and villages.
However, the department is tracing the movement of all poultry in and out of the farm in order to establish the source of the Influenza.

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