Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

South African avian influenza outbreak spreads to more ostrich farms

17 August, 2004

South African avian influenza outbreak spreads to more ostrich farms, forcing the slaughter of several thousand more birds.
Culling started on the two original farms in the Somerset East area a week ago but the agriculture ministry has said as many as 30,000 ostriches could be put down in a 30-kilometre (18-mile) radius.
The South African Ostrich Business Chamber (SAOBC) general manager Anton Kruger was quoted as saying, "The National Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the culling of ostriches in the Eastern Cape province has moved beyond the two farms that were initially infected. The original 6,000 ostriches on the first two farms have almost all been culled and the additional 4,000 on the five new farms started today as a pre-cautionary measure."