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Outbreaks of bird flu in the Western Cape have killed more than 21,000 seabirds

Wilderness seeds remain most affected by the outbreak of bird flu in the Western Cape.

  • More than 21,000 birds have died in the outbreak of bird flu in the Western Cape.
  • Most of the deaths occur among the endangered Kinodohanagro.
  • Although the spread of the infection has slowed, authorities say the case may recover if not monitored.

Over 20500 endangered species of wilderness have died in the Western Cape after the outbreak of bird flu.

The first recorded outbreak last month killed 21,172 wild seabirds. Most of these birds were endangered species, Kinodohanaguro. The worst affected area is Dier Island, off Gansbai, where the breeding colony of Kinodohanagro is located, with 13,195 deaths recorded.

Prior to the outbreak, South Africa had an estimated 57,000 breeding pairs, said Katta Ludynia, research manager at the South African Coastal Bird Conservation Foundation (Sanccob).

Rudinia earlier told News 24 that the population of Kinodohanaguro has declined by more than 50% in the last 30 years.

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According to Anton Bredell of the Western Cape MEC for municipalities, environmental issues and development plans, the number of dead birds is declining, with less than 100 dead birds recorded per day.

“Small but constant at this point. All efforts manage the situation, with a focus on responding quickly to areas where dead or sick birds are found, and then performing cleanups. We continue. If we are disappointed, that number can grow again, so all stakeholders will continue to work hard to deal with the situation in which it occurs, “he said.

The Disaster Management Center is urging residents throughout the state to remain vigilant and report abnormal bird behavior and mortality to local governments, conservation authorities, or state veterinarians. You can also contact SPCA.


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Outbreaks of bird flu in the Western Cape have killed more than 21,000 seabirds

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