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South Africa "Bird Flu" Outbreak Found

FILE: Chickens are seen in a poultry farm on May 31, 2022

South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the eastern part of the country, the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) said on Monday, citing a report from local authorities.

Some 58 "domestic birds" of a total flock of 200 were found dead of the highly contagious virus, the report said, without giving additional details on the type of birds.

Bird flu outbreaks typically force livestock growers to kill off entire flocks in a move to stop the spread of the disease.

Such mass culling causes considerable economic impact both to growers and to consumers as the amount of chicken on the market decreases as flocks are killed.