Botswana bans poultry imports from South Africa following avian flu outbreak

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.