The government on Monday said the sale of live hen has been banned throughout the nation, South Africa in an attempt to control the outbreak of a highly contagious H5N8 bird flu.
In a statement, the country’s department of agriculture said that so far, no human had been affected by the outbreak.
“Exports of processed poultry products, live chickens and fresh produce will continue depending on the requirements of importing countries.
“To date, no human cases of infection with avian influenza H5N8 have been reported.
“However, people handling wild birds, sick or dying poultry must wear protective clothing and wash their hands with disinfectants,” the department had said.
Although, people were warned against eating meat of dead, dying or sick birds, the government had stated that meat from healthy poultry was safe to eat because of the strict inspections at abattoirs.
South Africa reported in a commercial broiler breeder farm in Mpumalanga province, where about 5,000 birds died and the rest were culled, an outbreak this month of H5N8 bird flu. the risk of human infection is low, but highly pathogenic among fowl.
Earlier in the month, after the outbreak of the H5N8 bird flu at a poultry farm, all trade in birds and chicken products have been suspended neighboring Zimbabwe in South Africa.