COTE D'IVOIRE - There have been three more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Cote D'Ivoire.
All of the outbreaks occurred in Abidjan province in the south of the country and involved the H5N1 strain of the disease.
A stamping out programme is in operation to control the disease, but poultry had not been destroyed on the infected farms at the time of the report.
There were over 1000 cases on the three farms, with 1125 deaths, out of a total of 4723 susceptible birds. Both broilers and layers were affected.
Some of the outbreaks were detected through sampling of sold poultry in markets. The source of the infection is unknown, but the authorities suggested it could be related to animals in transit or contact with wild species.
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