“SWINE FLU-SA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PRESS RELEASE

28 April 2009

OUTBREAK OF INFLUENZA (‘FLU’) IN MEXICO, NORTH AMERICA AND A FEW

OTHER COUNTRIES

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

since 2007.

Poultry, pig and ostrich meat and other products on South African supermarket shelves are

safe to consume.