n West Africa, new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been reported on farms in Niger and Nigeria. Two different virus variants have been linked to the latest outbreaks in South African poultry.
From South Africa comes recent official confirmation of two further HPAI outbreaks on poultry farms.
In the first week of January, the presence of the H5N1 serotype of the virus was detected on a farm in the Johannesburg city area. All 1,226 poultry at the premises died, according to the notification to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).