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  • South African poultry industry in crisis: Urgent appeal for importation of HPAI vaccines

    South African Veterinary Association
    September 29 at 4:32 AM ·

    🚨 Urgent Action Needed!

    The South African poultry industry is facing an unprecedented crisis with the rapid spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Despite strict biosecurity measures, HPAI is relentless, putting our poultry farms and jobs at risk.

    The South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) urgently calls on the government to allow the immediate importation of HPAI vaccines, safeguard both human and animal health, and secure the survival of the South African poultry sector.
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    South African poultry industry in crisis: Urgent appeal for importation of HPAI vaccines
    29 SEP 2023

    The South African Poultry Industry is grappling with an unprecedented outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), which poses a severe threat to every chicken farm in the country. Despite rigorous biosecurity measures in place, the spread of HPAI has proven relentless, leaving the industry in a dire situation.

    The precise reasons behind the rapid spread of HPAI remain unclear, but a combination of factors including the high contagiousness of the virus, unfavourable weather conditions, and challenges in preventing the movement of infected birds have contributed to its uncontrolled proliferation.

    This has led to a distressing reality where well-planned biosecurity measures have not halted its advance, leaving the poultry industry in crisis.

    The severity of this crisis necessitates an urgent and decisive response. The South African Veterinary Association (Sava) urgently calls upon the government to permit the immediate importation of HPAI vaccines targeting H7 and H5 influenza viruses. These vaccines have been registered and used effectively in other countries dealing with HPAI outbreaks.

    Given the critical nature of the situation, Sava urges that these vaccines be evaluated for emergency importation under Section 21 of Act 101, designed to address such crises promptly.

    Approval from the director of Animal Health is essential and must be expedited. While these vaccines may not have been fully tested against local HPAI strains, their immediate use is vital during this severe emergency,”says Wilhelm Maré, chairman of the Poultry Group of Sava.
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