South Africa confirmed on Wednesday (July 12) that two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu have been detected on commercial layer farms in the provinces of Gauteng and Mpumalanga.
Movement of chickens and chicken products to and from the farms has been stopped and the affected farms have been placed under quarantine.
Two previous outbreaks of bird flu in recent weeks have also been detected in South Africa, including on a farm belonging to poultry producer Astral.
Neighboring countries including Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana immediately suspended poultry imports from South Africa following the initial outbreaks.
The H5N8 strain has been detected in several countries in Europe, Africa and Asia over the past two years.