3 Free State farms confirm bird flu outbreaks

3 Free State farms confirm bird flu outbreaks

An outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed on three farms in the Free State.

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Dr Patricia Froneman, who is the state veterinarian in Frankfort, says the virus has been reported on farms in Villiers, Parys and Wesselsbron.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has deployed field veterinarians to deal with the outbreak of this virus and also called other field personnel to increase vigilance.

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In birds, influenza viruses are shared through direct contact with infected species or through contaminated food or water.

Froneman says because of the resistant nature of the virus, it can be easily carried through farm equipment and clothing, and that influences the spread of the virus from farm to farm. 

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