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BUKINA FASO: OVER 100,000 POULTRY ‘KILLED’ OVER BIRD FLU OUTBREAK


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Following an outbreak of avian influenza virus type H5N1 over the past two months in Burkina Faso, some 115,000 poultry out of 41 million have been killed, official source in charge of animal resources said on Thursday, reports Xinhua.

Burkina Faso’s general director of the veterinary services Lassina Ouattara said, “we have registered about 115,000 poultry killed by the avian influenza at Sanguie in the west-central region and at Kadiogo in the central region.”

On April 3, the Burkina Faso government announced the outbreak of the type H5N1 avian influenza in Burkina Faso, nine years after the last cases that occurred in 2006.

The Burkina Faso ministry in charge of animal resources said that no human casualties were registered in 2006 and assured that the 2006 response strategy will be soon reactivated.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), avian influenza (HPAI) A (H5N1) virus occurs mainly in birds, is highly contagious among birds, and can be deadly, especially in domestic poultry.

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