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Colds and flu

20 September 2011

Bird flu batters SA ostrich farms

Once filled with hundreds of ostriches, the fields of the Klein Karoo are strangely empty.

Once filled with hundreds of ostriches, the fields of the Klein Karoo are strangely empty.

South Africa accounts for 77% of the global ostrich market, and the EU buys 90% of its exports or did, until Brussels banned the meat because of the outbreak.

Virus harmless to humans

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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