Ivory coast confirms discovery of bird flu cases in the south

Authorities in Ivory Coast have confirmed the discovery of avian influenza cases in the south-east of the country. The cases were detected in a traditional poultry farm in Mondoukou, a locality in the Grand-Bassam area.

In a statement, local authorities said they had already taken measures to curb the spread of the highly infectious avian influenza strain A/H5N1 virus.

“The area where the cases were detected had been declared a protected zone and more results of a surveillance on the outbreak was to be expected in 21 days”, said the statement.

The authorities have also enforced other sanitary measures by closing markets and other places where poultry is sold, as well as prohibited the processing, transportation, distribution and sale of poultry products.

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The poultry industry in Ivory Coast was affected in 2006, 2015 and 2017 by the resurgence of the avian influenza virus

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