Why birds in the Eastern Cape have been 'dropping dead from the sky'

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Previous photo of Neville Ganes from Neville's Snakes and Reptiles Rescue organisation holding a dead bird.
Previous photo of Neville Ganes from Neville's Snakes and Reptiles Rescue organisation holding a dead bird.
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Avian Paramyxovirus and the Newcastle virus have been confirmed as the cause of more than 200 birds mysteriously dying in the Eastern Cape in recent weeks.

The Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform on Tuesday confirmed that the test results came back positive for Pigeon Paramyxovirus and the Newcastle virus after analysis was done on the carcasses at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Research (OVR) Laboratory in Pretoria.

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