Agence France-PresseApril 9, 2013 13:00
South African authorities have detected a new strain of bird flu in the Western Cape region, as the industry continues to struggle under a 2011 EU ban on meat exports, an official said Tuesday.
"It's a single farm where there were some positive reactions last week. ... Follow-up tests have been done, and some are positive for H7N1," said Piet Kleyn, the chief executive of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber.
Kleyn said the virus in birds on a farm in Oudtshoorn was picked up during a "routine test" and is currently contained to the single farm.