Saturday, June 03, 2006

New bird flu outbreak near Nigeria

Scientists in Europe have confirmed a new outbreak of deadly H5N1 bird flu in southern Niger, near the border with Africa’s most populous country Nigeria, a senior local government official said on Friday.

Tests carried out in Europe confirmed the presence of H5N1 in samples taken from the village of Boko Mai Gao, around 10 km (6 miles) from the border with Nigeria’s Kano state, said the official, who declined to be named.

The discovery comes three days after Niger, landlocked and among the poorest countries on earth, described its epidemiological situation as “calm”.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu was first confirmed in Niger in late February, but it took until April to start culling poultry in the affected areas.

Source for avian influenza article

Posted by john T. on 06/03 at 06:15 AM
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