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Togo reports H5N1 outbreak in guinea fowl

The West African nation of Togo has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza on a farm.
calendar icon 19 November 2021
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The outbreak occurred just north of the capital city of Lomé. In a flock of 3,000 guinea fowl, the self-reported information shows 1,105 cases and 1,895 slaughtered.

This is just one of many outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza Togo has faced in the past few months. According to OIE reports, many resulted from poor biosecurity measures.

H5N1 and other severe avian influenza strains have been spreading in Europe and Asia in recent weeks. The disease is deadly to birds and sometimes to humans.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.