Niger shuns 'bird flu' chickens

by 5m Editor
28 February 2006, at 12:00am

NIGER - A day after the deadly strain of bird flu was confirmed in Niger, there are hardly any chickens on sale in the capital's markets. A BBC correspondent says consumers have been wary of buying poultry since the H5N1 strain was confirmed in neighbouring Nigeria. Despite public concern, the government is making no official comment until after Tuesday's cabinet meeting. There has been no culling of poultry in the areas where bird flu was confirmed. The BBC's Souleymane Issa Maiga in Niamey says the bodies of some 1,100 dead chickens and ducks have been incinerated in the two areas where the H5N1 strain was found. Source: BBC

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