Botswana on Tuesday banned imports of domesticated and wild birds and their products from neighbouring Zimbabwe following the outbreak of avian influenza.In a statement, Botswana director of veterinary services, Letlhogile Modisa said poultry feed from Zimbabwe has also been banned with immediate effect.
“All permits issued or importing the listed items are cancelled with immediate effect. The documents are to be returned to the nearest veterinary office,” he said.
It is reported that some 7,845 animals have been killed while another 75,155 birds were culled following the bird flu outbreak in Zimbabwe.
The virus was detected on a farm, which is close to a small dam where there are a number of different migratory waterfowl, suspected to be the source of infection.
Zimbabwe joins the Democratic Republic of Congo as countries were they have been reported cases of an outbreak.