A South African commercial poultry farm has been hit by an outbreak of bird flu

JOHANNESBURG: Outbreak bird flu was discovered on a chicken farm in South Africathe central province of Gauteng, the agriculture ministry announced on Tuesday.
About 300 birds died from bird flu on a commercial chicken farm in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, with H5-positive farm samples, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and rural development it is stated in the statement.
The birds in the affected house on the farm were destroyed, and the farm was quarantined, while the veterinary authorities are investigating the extent of the outbreak.
The same farm was also affected by the outbreak of an extremely severe disease in 2017 pathogenic strain H5N8 bird flu, which has seen poultry farmers kill millions of birds and incited neighboring countries, including Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana ban poultry imports from South Africa.
The H5N8 The bird flu strain is highly pathogenic to birds, but poses little risk to human health.
The department warned poultry farmers to watch for signs of disease and report any suspicions to the nearest state veterinarian.

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