Zimbabwe poultry farm hit
again by avian flu outbreak
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[July 31, 2017] HARARE
(Reuters) - A Zimbabwean poultry farm has reported a second outbreak of
highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu, two months after it first occurred, the
state-owned Herald newspaper said on Monday.
Lanark farm, a commercial poultry producer 25 km (15 miles) south of
the capital Harare, was hit again by the flu virus last week after
it was first reported on June 2.
Josphat Nyika, acting principal director for veterinary services,
said all the affected birds were destroyed and the farm would remain
under quarantine for three months. Highly pathogenic among fowl, the
strain poses little risk to human health.
In June, Zimbabwe indefinitely banned poultry products from South
Africa, which had announced an outbreak of avian flu.
(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; editing by Ed Stoddard and Jason
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