The farms have been placed under quarantine and movement of chickens
and chicken products onto and off the farms have been stopped, the
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a
Two previous outbreaks of avian flu in recent weeks have also been
detected in South Africa, including on a farm belonging to poultry
Neighboring countries including Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana
suspended poultry imports from South Africa following the initial
outbreaks of avian flu.
The H5N8 strain has been detected in several countries in Europe,
Africa and Asia over the past two years, with its spread aided by
wild bird migrations. Highly pathogenic among fowl, it poses little
risk to human health.
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(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Ed Stoddard and David
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