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Living with disease? Biosecurity and avian influenza in ostriches


  • Charles Mather


  • Amy Marshall


This paper is about an avian influenza outbreak in South Africa’s commercial ostrich industry. The outbreak was managed according to international best practice and led to the destruction of 30,000 ostriches in two of South Africa’s provinces. However, the industry has a long history of managing low pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in a different way. We use the 2004 outbreak and earlier approaches to managing disease to shed light on recent debates on how we might live differently with livestock diseases. The paper is based on in-depth interviews with farmers, veterinarians, scientists and agriculture officials. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

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  • Charles Mather & Amy Marshall, 2011. "Living with disease? Biosecurity and avian influenza in ostriches," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 28(2), pages 153-165, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:28:y:2011:i:2:p:153-165
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-010-9271-0

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