Following the culling of at least 581 birds in Johannesburg during the last month, the bird flu has emerged in the Gauteng province despite all previous concerns having met fervent reassurance from the Department of Agriculture.
The City of Johannesburg has stated that most of the bird carcasses have tested positive for traces of the H5N8 virus which caused the culling of a large quantity of chickens in the northern provinces a few months ago.
Although strong evidence from the Association of Avian Veterinarians shows that humans cannot contract this new strain of bird flu, they have cautioned farmers and residents to be vigilant so as to contain the spread.
The Johannesburg Zoo has also been affected with officials saying that the seasonal migration of free-roaming birds has not helped the situation in the slightest.
The phenomenon will cause strain on the country’s economy as poultry exports will be highly restricted.
Authorities will now be scrambling to contain and eradicate any carriers of the virus as quickly as possible.