Newcastle disease outbreaks reported in Botswana

According to a report from the OIE, 3 outbreaks of the deadly viral poultry disease Newcastle disease have been reported in Botswana. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday released an immediate notification report of 3 outbreaks of the disease in the Kgatleng, Central and South-East provinces. A total…

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Bird flu found in wild birds in South Africa

Another four cases of the deadly bird flu virus was this morning confirmed at three different locations in South Africa – this time in wild bird populations. According to a World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) alert, the H5N8 strain was found in Mpumalanga’s Lekwa Municipality in two southern masked weavers.…

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COMESA wants harmonisation of livestock laws to unlock trade

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has called for the harmonisation of veterinary legislation to unlock international livestock trade among member states. This as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said harmonisation of the laws will help curb disease. According to COMESA, the process can be expedited by…

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Botswana bans imports of Zim poultry after avian flu outbreak

The Government of Botswana have announced a ban on all poultry products from Zimbabwe after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian flu. “As a result, the import of domesticated and wild birds, their products (meat, eggs, feathers etc.) and poultry feed from Zimbabwe is banned with immediate effect,” government…

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