Botswana bans poultry imports from South Africa following avian flu outbreak

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Botswana has reportedly prohibited the imports of poultry and poultry products from South Africa following the outbreak of avian influenza on a chicken farm in the southernmost country in Africa.

As per the latest reports, around 300 birds died of avian flu at a chicken-layer farm in Ekurhuleni – a large suburban region east of Johannesburg, with samples from the farm testing positive for the H5 strain.

“As a result, the import of domesticated and wild birds, their products (meat, eggs and feathers), from South Africa is banned with immediate effect,” said Botswana’s Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security.