Another case of bird flu

ostriches

CAPE TOWN – A new case of bird flu has been detected on a farm in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape on Tuesday.

Authorities are still trying to determine if the positive case is threatening or not.

The Agriculture Department was hoping the ban on European Union (EU) meat exports would be lifted soon following the initial outbreak of bird flu two years ago.

The EU used to import 90 percent of South Africa’s ostrich meat.

More than 40,000 birds were culled following the outbreak in the Western Cape.

Agriculture spokesperson Wouter Kriel said, “Unfortunately, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has detected a new case of bird flu in the Oudtshoorn area. It’s the H7N1 virus.”

Ostrich farmers have also been struggling with crime.

Criminals recently targeted more than 100 birds for their valuable feathers.

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