Avian Flu Breaks Out in South Africa

This is the same strain of bird flu (H5N2) that led to the slaughter of millions of chickens in China and Thailand earlier this year:

South Africa’s government has begun the slaughter of 6,000 ostriches in an effort to contain an outbreak of bird flu in the south of the country. The Agriculture Ministry said tests would determine whether another 24,000 birds had to be destroyed as well.

Scientists say the ostriches were infected with a strain of the disease related to the epidemic that hit East Asia earlier this year. Some 2,000 birds have already died in Eastern Cape province.

Not to worry–the South African government says “this strain is unlikely to harm humans”.

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