Director Veterinaries Services Department, Dr Obatoulou-Ushewekunze has warned Zimbabwean poultry farmers and ordinary Zimbabweans to observe strict bio-security to safeguard against the spread of avian flue which has been reported in the North West province of South Africa.

In an interview with the ZBC News, Dr Obatoulou-Ushewekunze said Zimbabweans should desist from importing or smuggling poultry products from the southern neighbour as the ban on importation of poultry products following the outbreak of bird flue last year.

Avian influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with bird flue.

The virus occurs naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can affect domestic poultry when they come into contact.

The virus can be spread by people on feathers and through shoes coming into contact with infected domestic birds.