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Two South Africa Bird Flu Outbreaks

FILE: In a previous bird flu outbreak, bird flu-contaminated chickens are seen at a farm in the village of Modeste, Ivory Coast. Taken Aug. 14, 2015. South Africa reportedl two bird flu outbreaks east of Johannesburg on June 26, 2023.

PARIS — South Africa reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7 bird flu in poultry east of Johannesburg, the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) said on Monday.

In total 9,500 farm poultry died from the virus in the town of Victor Khanye in Mpumalanga province, with one location having 2,000 poultry and the other 7,500, WOAH said, citing South African authorities.

The strain detected was H7, which is different from the H5N1 one that has killed several hundred million birds around the world.

Bird flue outbreaks compel growers to kill off affected animals to stop the spread of the disease. As a result, growers suffer significant economic losses.