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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Namibia on avian flu alert

Via IBN Live :

" Namibia is on alert for avian flu following a recent outbreak of the disease in neighbouring South Africa. The outbreak in South Africa has caused severe interruptions and losses for poultry and ostrich business operations in that country. The acting Chief of Veterinary Services in Namibia's Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Dr Cleopas Bamhare on Friday assured chicken merchants that poultry imports from South Africa are being monitored strictly.

"Namibia imports chicken from only monitored poultry farms in neighbouring South Africa. We do not import ostriches, but allow chickens from high security poultry farms in South Africa," he said. Avian influenza (AI), commonly called bird flu, is an infectious viral disease of birds. An outbreak was first detected on 9 April, 2011 at ostrich farms in South Africa's Klein Karoo Valley in the Western Cape Province."

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