Revised bird flu response and management plan for Southern Africa

Southern African countries have updated the regional preparedness and response plan for the management and control of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 following the outbreak that devastated the poultry industry in 2017. The updated plan was crafted by regional experts and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).…

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Tanzania culls 5 000 day old chicks smuggled from Kenya

The Tanzanian government has culled 5 000 one day old chicks that were smuggled through the northern border from Kenya. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Livestock Maria Mashingo said the chicks were destroyed to prevent the potential spread of avian influenza, or bird flu, from Kenya. She said the…

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Zimbabwe declared free of bird flu

The Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services (DLVS) of Zimbabwe has declared the country free of avian influenza, which impacted the poultry sector last year. The outbreak led to the culling of over 215 000 birds and caused widespread shortages of chicken products, which in turn led to a skyrocketing…

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Zambia’s poultry exports rise – PAZ

Zambia has recorded an increase in poultry exports, says the Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ). This is mainly due to the country being free of the highly contagious avian influenza (H5N8) that has affected the region. Dominic Chanda , PAZ executive manager, says Zambia has managed to capture markets previously…

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