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A second case of a highly contagious form of avian flu was confirmed on a commercial chicken farm in Mpumalanga on Monday, which will require the immediate slaughter of 25,000 birds in addition to the 24,000 culled on another farm in the province in the past week. South African Poultry Association CEO Kevin Lovell said all 280,000 birds on the Standerton farm would ultimately have to be culled, although the first step would be to slaughter the infected 25,000 birds housed separately. Lovell said the value of the birds to be culled was not yet known. Producers were compensated for chickens killed on the government’s instruction, but this had not yet been discussed by those concerned. The affected chickens were egg layers, which numbered about 25-million in SA, he said. This meant about 66,000 eggs a day would be affected, which was not significant in terms of the country’s 24-million daily egg supply. Lovell reiterated that the flu strain was not harmful to humans. It had come into t...

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