The Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has recorded three new cases of the highly pathogenic avian flu. The number of cases now stands at five in the province.
The three cases were reported in Bela Bela Local Municipality, one in Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality and one in Mogalakwena Local Municipality. No cases have been reported in districts such as Capricorn so far.
The Department says all affected farms have been immediately placed under quarantine. No live animals or birds and eggs are allowed to be removed from the farm. The department is also reassuring consumers that commercial poultry meat and eggs are safe to eat.’
LIMPOPO FARMERS URGED TO BE ALERT
They are also encouraging all poultry farmers at various levels of production. Including those with birds kept as a hobby, to adhere to strict biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction of HPAI. Farmers and individuals are also urged to report any suspected outbreak to their nearest agricultural office, Animal Health Technician, State Veterinarian, or Private Veterinarian.
WHAT IS AVIAN FLU?
Avian Flu or Bird Flu are strains of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans.
This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds. It can also be passed from person to person.
Symptoms begin within two to eight days and can seem like the common flu. Cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, headache and shortness of breath may occur.
The disease can carry a high mortality in humans. Some antiviral drugs, if taken within two days of symptoms, may help.