Highly contagious bird flu hits second farm near Joburg

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A bird flu outbreak has been reported on a second Johannesburg farm. (Image: Getty)
A bird flu outbreak has been reported on a second Johannesburg farm. (Image: Getty)
  • A bird flu outbreak has been reported on a second farm near Johannesburg.
  • Neighbouring countries have already banned poultry from affected SA areas in response to the outbreak.
  • But chicken meat and eggs should remain safe to eat - but only if cooked at more than 60 degrees celcius.


A second farm on the East Rand near Johannesburg has seen an outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu).

The SA Poultry Association (SAPA) announced in a statement that an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has hit a broiler breeder farm in the area.

The farm is under quarantine and the birds are being culled, the association said. Recently an East Rand egg farm had to cull 240 000 hens, while a broiler breeder farm in the North West destroyed 7 000 birds following bird flu outbreaks.

Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana and Lesotho have imposed bans on the imports of poultry products from the affected areas in South Africa in reaction to the outbreaks.

Given that the latest outbreak is in the same area ("compartment") as the first, SAPA doesn’t believe that the latest development will "materially affect the current trade restrictions already in place from our neighbouring countries".

In 2017, a large-scale bird flu outbreak resulted in the culling of one in five hens in South Africa – or almost five million birds.

The association said that affected chicken meat and eggs should remain safe to eat - provided that cooking temperatures of more than 60 degrees celsius are maintained.

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