200 000 of the 29 million chickens in the WC culled due to avian flu

The Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde held a media briefing on Thursday to provide an update on the avian flu and said things are not looking any better.

We don't want it to be an epidemic, the implications will be dire if the situation worsens says Winde.

So far we have 17 farms that are affected. That is ostrich and poultry. In 2011 the ostrich industry which really suffered hugely and has still not gotten back to what it was.

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities

The poultry industry is a massive source of protein for South Africans whether it is eggs or chicken meat.

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities

Winde explains that the duck farms also need to be closely monitored. He further says where the flu has been detected, those farms have been quarantined. ,

Read: Cape farmer loses 35 000 ducks to avian flu

Where we detected we quarantine, cull and clean up as quickly as possible.

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities

The biggest risk is we have 29 million chickens in the province and 200 000 chickens have been affected and culled.

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities

Winde goes on to say birds in smaller farms are much more vulnerable.

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