Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

South Africa: H5N8 outbreaks

28 March, 2018

South Africa has reported highly pathogenic H5N8 infection in ostriches, other captive birds, and a wild bird.
South African officials also reported an outbreak in October that involved backyard hobby geese and ducks in Western Cape province and an outbreak that began on Mar 11 in backyard hobby swans in North West province.
In wild bird H5N8 was detected in two swift terns found dead on Feb 21 in Eastern Cape province.
In earlier outbreaks, the H5N8 virus struck African penguins and other wild birds off the coast of Western Cape province.