Infectious Diseases 2017

Infectious Diseases 2017

South Africa: H5N8 is becoming a real issue

5 October, 2017

Avian influenza has hit Johannesburg with ~600 carcasses of birds having been recovered from the City of Joburg facilities at Westdene Dam, Emmarentia Dam, Zoo Lake and Joburg Zoo.
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has confirmed that some of its facilities have been affected by the outbreak that was first detected in Limpopo and which has been spread by the seasonal migration of birds.
Hardest hit has been the Western Cape region, where reportedly 2 million birds have been destroyed.
Early estimates project R800 million in immediate production losses to the poultry industry due to the avian influenza outbreak in the province. So far 36 cases had been confirmed in the Western Cape region and 70 ostrich farms placed under quarantine.