Avian influenza – South Africa

Canadian Poultry magazine
March 28, 2018
By Canadian Poultry magazine
DATE: March 28, 2018

LOCATION: Boulders Beach, Western Cape

DETAILS: In February, veterinarians detected H5N8 avian influenza virus in African penguins at Boulders Beach in the Western Cape. The African penguin is classified as endangered, and is one of a number of wild bird species affected. Others afflicted include terns, Cape cormorants and peregrine falcons. Although the virus is highly pathogenic to chickens and other poultry, its impact on wild seabirds is not yet well understood, according to a statement released at the time by the national-parks authority.


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