“SWINE FLU-SA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PRESS RELEASE
28 April 2009
OUTBREAK OF INFLUENZA (‘FLU’) IN MEXICO, NORTH AMERICA AND A FEW
An outbreak of influenza (‘flu’) has occurred in humans in a few countries, including
Mexico, North America and Canada. The World Animal health Organisation (OIE) has, in a
statement released on 27 April 2009, reported that the disease has not occurred in animals
and it is therefore not justified to call it ‘swine influenza’ at this stage.
At this moment it not necessary to place an embargo on the importation of poultry and pig
products from the countries affected by the influenza virus.
The Department of Agricultures assures the public that there is no outbreak of either avian
influenza (H5N1) or swine influenza in the country.
South Arica has an extensive surveillance programme for avian influenza in all commercial
chickens, commercial ostriches and non-commercial chickens since 2005.
There is also a surveillance programme for several pig diseases, including swine influenza
Poultry, pig and ostrich meat and other products on South African supermarket shelves are
safe to consume.