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chickens.jpgLocal players in the poultry industry who were getting their hatching egg, table eggs and other chicken products from South Africa should look for other source markets to import them as the ban of South Africa’s poultry products still stands.

The avian influenza outbreak in some parts of South Africa like Mpumalanga and the Free State has resulted in Zimbabwe banning chicken imports from the country.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture responsible for livestock Cde Paddy Zhanda said businesses that were using South African source markets will have to look for alternative markets until an official pronouncement to lift the ban is made.

On June 2, Zimbabwe also reported an outbreak of bird flu which saw about 7000 birds killed and over 142 000 birds de-populated as a quarantine measure to avoid the further spread of the highly pathogenic outbreak.

Avian flu is a virus which occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.

Avian flu viruses do not normally infect humans, but sporadic human infections with avian flu viruses have occurred.

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