Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

South Africa culls 8,000 ostriches to control avian influenza

26 July, 2006

South Africa has culled 8,000 ostriches to contain an outbreak of avian influenza in West Cape province, the Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday.
While the department reiterated that the H5N2 outbreak was under control it said it suspected that ostriches in other areas may have been exposed to the virus. But it stressed that the disease had not been detected elsewhere.
The European Union has banned imports of ostriches, emus and their meat from two districts in South Africa because of the outbreak. South Africa has also banned exports from the areas (Reuters).