SA's ostrich meat faces threat

South Africa
As the bird flu pandemic continues to spread worldwide, in South Africa, an ostrich farm has been quarantined. Results of a test for the H7N1 virus conducted on an unnamed farm in the Western Cape, will be released next week. eNCA

Oudtshoorn, Western Cape – Ostrich farmers are waiting anxiously for the results of a bird flu test at an Oudtshoorn farm. 

Authorities fear that the spread of the H7N1 strain of avian flu has reached farming areas in the Western Cape. They've since quarantined an unnamed farm in Oudtshoorn.

Health officials will also analyse how contagious and virulent this particular strain is. 

The last outbreak in 2011 resulted in a ban on South African raw ostrich meat being exported to the European Union.

Watch: Piet Kleyn from the Ostrich Business Chamber tells eNCA reporter Percivale Young about the issues relating to the virus.

 

-eNCA

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