HPAI Outbreaks in South Africa Challenges the Poultry Industry

HPAI Outbreaks in South Africa - Impact Across Poultry Sector

After months of numerous countries grappling with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (“bird flu”) outbreaks, including North America, the European Union, the United Kingdom and South America, South Africa reported its first bird flu cases in commercial poultry in April this year.  

These initial incidents were recorded in the Western Cape in commercial layers (table egg production), spreading to KwaZulu-Natal, then Mpumalanga and now Gauteng and Limpopo.  The impact on commercial poultry is being felt across the poultry sector from commercial layers through to broiler breeders.

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