Avian Veterinarian at Klapmuts Bird Clinic, Dr Deon De Beer says the Western cape government should take responsibility for the bird flu outbreak that has hit the province resulting in over 2 million birds dying or being culled.
He says the Agricultural Department was warned way before the outbreak but were not willing to take precautions, instead they told him to do what he has to do, on his own cost.
According to De Beer the problem is 10 times bigger than we think, describing it as disaster.
Funny enough we predicted that it will be worse in the Western cape than in the rest of the country... its like a wild fire.— Dr Deon De Beer, Avian Veternarian at Bird Clinic
We actually lost the battle before it started.— Dr Deon De Beer, Avian Veternarian at Bird Clinic
De Beer says the country is not just dealing with bird flu but a multiple of diseases affecting the birds. He highlights Chlamydia psittaci bacterial, an infection in parrots, African horse sickness (AHS) and Newcastle disease among others.
No one has stepped back and asked why is this happening. How on earth would you have a variety of diseases and you chose to concentrate on one.— Dr Deon De Beer, Avian Veternarian at Bird Clinic
We need to back and ask why is this spreading and causing different diseases - there is a reason for something to happen. You cant concentrate on one, medicine doesn't work like that.— Dr Deon De Beer, Avian Veternarian at Bird Clinic
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