Animal health vital for human health

It is World Veterinary day and South Africans have been urged to vaccinate their domestic pets. Video: eNCA

Johannesburg - With World Veterinary Day over, South Africans have been urged to share the freedom of good health with their animals to eradicate animal-borne diseases.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department said yeseterday that while most people do vaccinate their pets and livestock, a lot more could be done to eradicate animal-borne diseases.

And the department has the statistics. For example, the average South African consumes at least 30 whole chickens each year. Animal-borne diseases don't just pose a threat to poultry, but also to those who eat it. 

Watch: eNCA reporter Lirandzu Themba speaks to the Department of Agriculture on avian flu and the future risks we face.


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