Tebogo Msimanga |
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on Thursday announced that on 19 April 2021, two commercial chicken properties tested positive for H5 avian influenza. One is a commercial chicken-layer farm in City of Tshwane, Gauteng. The other is a commercial chicken parent breeder farm in J.B Marks Local Municipality in North West Province.
Both these farms have been quarantined and control measures are being implemented. On the 13th of April 2021, the Department reported an outbreak of H5 avian influenza on a commercial chicken farm in Ekurhuleni.
The department said one of the three affected facilities is a registered compartment for export. “ In agreement with international trade recommendations, Namibia and Botswana have only banned poultry and poultry raw products from this affected compartment.” Both countries therefore still allow the export of poultry and poultry raw products from registered compartments within South Africa that comply with the monthly surveillance requirements and are on the NAI free compartment list compiled by the Directorate: Animal Health.
Lesotho has banned the importation of poultry and poultry products from Gauteng Province.
The department is urging everyone to treat any increase in deaths of poultry and other bird species as potential avian influenza until proven otherwise. “ All increases in mortality rates must be reported to the responsible state veterinarian of the area immediately.”