** UPDATE* HPAI-H5 N8 (High Pathogenic Avian Influenza) break in Southern Africa

** UPDATE* HPAI-H5 N8 (High Pathogenic Avian Influenza) break in Southern Africa

Jun 23, 2017

It has been confirmed that the H5 N8 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been isolated from a breeder operation in South Africa.

All AI viruses can be transmitted among birds through direct contact with secretions from infected birds, especially faeces or through contaminated feed, water, equipment, and human clothing and shoes.

Highly pathogenic viruses can survive for long periods in the environment, especially when temperatures are low.

It must be stressed that biosecurity remains the primary method of control coupled with risk management and vigilance of personnel and protocols.

  • All open waters must be considered high risk and use of such waters for use within the poultry industry either for washing or drinking must only be considered after effective treatment of such waters.
  • Keep poultry away from areas frequented by wild fowl.
  • Do not provide elements on property that may attract wild birds.
  • Keep control over access to poultry houses by people and equipment.
  • Maintain sanitation of property, poultry houses and equipment.
  • Avoid the introduction of birds of unknown disease status into flock.
  • Report illness and death of birds to the State Veterinary Services as well as to C4.
  • An updated list of all state veterinarians by geographical location can be found at:
  • http://www.nda.agric.za/vetweb/Contacts/PVS/Contacts – Prov Directors  Chief Directors Contact list – JUNE 2011.pdf

Please refer to previous communications released by C4 Africa as guidance on procedures and protocols to follow. Do not hesitate to contact any of the C4 Africa veterinarians should you have any further questions or concerns