June 29, 2017 / 7:51 AM / a month ago

South African culls 260,000 birds so far to contain bird flu outbreak: minister

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FILE PHOTO: A chicken is seen inside a henhouse in the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium February 28, 2006.Francois Lenoir/File Photo

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa has culled 260,000 birds so far to contain an H5N8 bird flu outbreak, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana told a news briefing on Thursday.

South Africa has confirmed outbreaks of avian flu, which is often transmitted by wild birds, on at least two farms. Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana suspended poultry imports from South Africa this week after the outbreak.

Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Writing by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Ed Stoddard

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