Friday, December 7, 2007

Suspected H5N1 Outbreak in Benin

Two suspected H5N1 outbreaks were discovered late last night in Adjarra, about nine miles north of the capital Porto Novo, and on a farm in the commercial capital Cotonou of the West African country Benin. Several dead birds tested positive for H5N1, but the reports have yet to be confirmed by further testing. Samples have been sent to Italy; however, health officials are convinced that "these (bird) deaths are due to the H5N1 strain of bird flu." Several hundred birds have been culled as a result of the findings. In addition, farms in a 5 mile radius have been cleaned and disinfected and the import of poultry has been banned.
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