Botswana stops poultry imports from South Africa after bird flu cases

Reuters reports that the commercial shift farm in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, tested positive for the H5 strain of avian influenza on April 13. 300 birds had died on the farm.

“As a result, the import of domesticated and wild birds and their products (meat, eggs and feathers) from South Africa is banned with immediate effect,” said a statement from the Botswana Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security.

Botswana stopped importing poultry from South Africa after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in 2017.

Animal health authorities urge the public to be vigilant and report deaths of domestic poultry or wild birds to veterinary boards.

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