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Bird flu outbreak claims over 500,000 chickens in Burkina Faso

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 Bird flu outbreak claims over 500 000 chickens in Burkina Faso
Bird flu outbreak claims over 500,000 chickens in Burkina Faso

1 At least half a million chickens have either died from an outbreak of bird flu in Burkina Faso or have been culled to prevent the spread of the virus, the West African country announced on Saturday.

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2 The outbreak of the highly pathogenic H1N1 strain of bird flu was detected late last year in 42 farms spread over seven regions in the central and western parts of the country, Animal Resources Minister Moussa Kabore told a news conference.

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3 “In late December 2021, we noticed a high mortality rate among poultry at production sites in our country,” Kabore said, adding that tests confirmed the presence of H5N1 bird flu.

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4 As of Jan. 7, about 500,000 chickens had died from the disease or been culled and 1.3 million cartons of eggs had been destroyed, it added.

5 The government has announced several measures to try to eradicate the disease, including monitoring places where wild birds gather for possible cases and capturing and testing sick or dead birds for the virus.

6 Burkina Faso has been hit by successive waves of bird flu since the H5N1 strain swept the world in 2006.

7 In most cases, the outbreaks have been attributed to migratory birds.

8 Cattle ranching is one of Burkina Faso’s largest industries and the third largest earner of foreign exchange, after gold and cotton production.

9 Poultry is particularly popular, and many households keep chickens for their own consumption or as a way to earn money.

10 Source Credit: TheGuardian

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