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Burkina Faso Reports H5N1 Bird Flu in Poultry

2 April 2015, at 12:11am

BURKINA FASO - Four outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been confirmed in two regions of central Burkina Faso.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 1 April to the the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

According to that report, there were four outbreaks of avian flu, starting between 10 February and 15 March.

The first two outbreaks were in mixed village poultry flocks in the province of Sanguié, and the two later ones were on commercial farms in different regions of the province of Kadiogo.

In total, 188,639 poultry were affected; 115,394 died and 400 were destroyed.

The following control measures were put in place: identification of farms in the outbreak area; disinfection of premises; movement restrictions; strengthening of epidemiological surveillance and sampling for detection of the virus.

The presence of the H5N1 subtype of the virus has been confirmed.

The last outbreak of avian flu in Burkina Faso was in May 2006.

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