"Bird flu hard to prevent because it doesn't walk or jump - it flies!"

The local poultry industry confirmed on Thursday morning that it is worried that the outbreak of bird flu in Zimbabwe could make its way to South Africa.

Kevin Lovell, CEO of The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) says it appears the outbreak in Zimbabwe was caused by wild ducks, living on a dam adjacent to the affected farms.

If it is the case then those same ducks will fly - and that is one of the reasons this disease is hard to prevent - but it doesn't walk or jump, it flies!

Kevin Lovell, CEO of The South African Poultry Association (SAPA)

Also: Poultry industry cries foul

It can have a broader impact depending on where it comes in because it can upset the whole supply chain.

Kevin Lovell, CEO of The South African Poultry Association (SAPA)

It doesn't mean we're safe but we have a good team.

Kevin Lovell, CEO of The South African Poultry Association (SAPA)

Lovell explains that the bird flu is likely to knock the commercial laying hens and breeding hens. He adds that there has been a contingency plan in place since 2006, which will be reviewed tomorrow.

Listen to the full interview here:


This article first appeared on 702 : "Bird flu hard to prevent because it doesn't walk or jump - it flies!"


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