Low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry),
South Africa
Information received on 21/08/2020 from Dr Bothle Michael Modisane, Chief Director , Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Animal Production and Health, PRETORIA, South Africa
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 15/07/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 31/07/2020
Report date 21/08/2020
Date submitted to OIE 21/08/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 21/05/2019
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Low pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H7
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (21/08/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (02/09/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (28/09/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (14/10/2020)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (LPAI_H7_2020_WCP_001) LPAI_H7_2020_WCP_001, Mossel Bay, Western Cape Province
Date of start of the outbreak 15/07/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 590 9 0 0 0
Affected population Commercial ostriches
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 590 9 0 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 1.53% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
  • Contact with wild species
Epidemiological comments Coordinates modified to protect confidentiality as required by South African Legislation.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Quarantine
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
ARC-OVI (National laboratory) Birds polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 31/07/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations