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Zimbabwe to cull half a million birds hit by avian flu

Staff Writer | August 29, 2017
Zimbabwe is set to cull more than half a million chickens affected by the highly pathogenic strain H5N8 at a farm in Harare.
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Africa   Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services
According to the country’s Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services and as quoted by local media, at least 500 000 birds are set to be culled in an effort to contain spreading of the deadly disease.

Principal Director Livestock and Veterinary Services Dr Unesu Ushewokunze-Obatolu told a local paper that Lanark farm had between 500 000 and 600 000 birds, of which 70% has now been depopulated.

The culling of the birds will affect the whole chicken value chain, with poultry producers reporting a shortage of about two million day-old chicks.

Zimbabwe produced about six million day old chicks per month before the outbreak but is currently producing half of that.