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Control measures of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been lifted.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform have lifted all restrictive measures that were imposed after cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza were detected in Erongo region.

The first report of observed dead birds was on 13 January 2022 at Sea Birds Island in Walvis Bay and Central Veterinary Laboratory confirmed HPAI H5N1 strain on 25 January 2022.

The disease was confirmed only in wild birds mainly the Cape cormorants occurring along the coastal line of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Poultry farmers and the general public are cautioned that despite the lifting of restrictive measures, they should continue to apply bio-security and safety measures especially when harvesting and handling Guano.

The ministry have thanked farmers and the general public for their cooperation and unwavering support in the fight against HPAI disease.