Zambia has not recorded any cases of bird flu-Katambo

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Fisheries and
livestock minister Micheal Katambo (right) with ZAMBEEF
National Sales and Marketing Manager Mathews Ngosa (left)
sampling eggs during a tour of the ZAMBEEF hatchery project in
MpongweLivestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo says
Zambia still remains at high risk of the resurgent avian
influenza also known as bird flu which has affected some
African countries.

In a ministerial statement, Mr Katambo says while Zambia has
not recorded any cases of bird flu, some neighboring countries
have continued to see cases and in some instances the disease
has spread, citing South Africa as one such country where the
disease has spread.

He says while Zimbabwe last reported of cases on 13th
September, 2017, the country has not resolved the outbreak.

Mr Katambo says it’s therefore important that any high
mortality of chickens, ducks, guinea fowls or any other bird is
reported to the nearest department of veterinary services
office.

He has further advised bird owners to house their poultry in
order to avoid interaction between domestic and wild birds and
animals.

Mr Katambo adds that currently there are no drugs or vaccines
available to cure infected birds, and that the only solution is
to cull all birds in the affected catchment.

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