Botswana reimposes ban on poultry imports from South Africa over avian flu outbreak

HALESWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 06: Battery hens sit in a chicken shed on February 6, 2007 in Suffolk, England. Russia, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and South Africa have announced bans on UK poultry imports after the news that the Bernard Matthews poultry processing farm in the UK confirmed an outbreak of the H5N1strain of bird flu. A massive cull of over 160,000 turkeys has been completed by Government appointed vets. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Botswana has banned the importation of live poultry and poultry products from South Africa after an outbreak of avian influenza was detected in commercial farms and compartments in a number of provinces.

FILE PHOTO: Hens sit in a chicken shed. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

The ban, which is effective immediately, according to a government notice issued on Monday, comes almost two months after the Botswana government revised a similar sanction against its neighbor.

Just a week before that, Botswana had banned the import of domesticated and wild birds from South Africa, after the death of around 300 birds at a commercial chicken-layer farm in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg. The samples from the farm tested positive for the H5 strain.

In addition to the ban, Botswana also cancelled all related import permits. However, transportation of fresh poultry products, from other countries moving through South Africa, with a permit remains allowed.

Botswana and other neighbouring countries imposed a similar ban on poultry products from South Africa in 2017 after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian flu.

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