Farmers urged to protect poultry against HPAI

Tendai Bhebe (Bulawayo Correspondent)

The Veterinary Services Zimbabwe has urged farmers to protect their poultry from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

HPAI is a viral respiratory disease believed to be transmitted by wild migratory birds. In Southern Africa, the H5N8 strain of the disease affects the poultry industry.

Reports say a major risk is that this avian influenza virus can easily be transmitted among human beings.
In a statement, the Veterinary Services Zimbabwe revealed that they were on alert about the disease which was an outbreak in South Africa.

” We are on high alert following reported cases of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in South Africa. We encourage all our stakeholders to follow ser protocols on importation of poultry products. Strict biosecurity measures should be adhered to across all poultry products. Strict biosecurity measures should be adhered to across all poultry farms, “reads the statement.

Zimbabwe is currently not importing any poultry and poultry products from South Africa and the highest possible risk of introduction of the Avian Influenza disease into Zimbabwe will be from migratory birds and illegal trade of live poultry and poultry products.

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