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23 April 2015

Niger confirms H5N1 bird flu outbreak

Niger has announced an outbreak of the highly infectious h5N1 bird flu virus on a farm in Maradi.


Niger has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu earlier this month in the southern town of Maradi, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday.

The authorities in Niger had reported in early April a suspected case of H5N1 bird flu at a chicken farm in Maradi, which is near the border with Nigeria where several cases have been confirmed.

Out of 2,440 poultry birds on the farm in Maradi, 2,290 died from the disease, the OIE said in a statement, citing a report from Niger's veterinary services.

The cause of the outbreak was not yet known, the statement said.

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