Botswana announces bird flu epidemic

The government of Botswana has announced a suspected outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) among backyard poultry in Bokaa village in Kgatleng district.

Avian influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza type A viruses. These viruses occur naturally in wild water birds around the world and can infect domestic and poultry poultry. other species of birds and animals.

To stop the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security said the movement of live poultry and their products (fresh meat, eggs and feathers) in and out of the Bokaa extension area is suspended with immediate effect.

Biosecurity measures

The movement of live poultry and their products passing through the Bokaa extension area is only allowed if: the shipment is accompanied by a valid livestock movement permit, transported in a sealed vehicle / container , and that the seals are broken only by veterinarians at the place of destination.

Poultry farmers were encouraged to improve biosecurity measures at their facilities to deter wild birds, including, but not limited to: preventing wild birds from accessing water points, removing food accessible to wild birds , deploy scarecrows to deter wild birds, as well as keep poultry in poultry houses / bird-proof shelters and use footbaths with disinfectants when entering or leaving poultry houses.

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