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Concerns about avian influenza in the Western Cape

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H5N1, a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), was detected in South Africa in April and in the Western Cape in May 2021. By 12 October, 60 outbreaks in poultry (including ostriches) had been reported to the OIE, 23 of which were in the Western Cape. Most of these detections in the Western Cape occurred in May and June and one each in July, August and September. Cases in wild birds, especially coastal birds, seemed to be following a similar epidemic curve to poultry.
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