Ivory Coast Confirms H5N1 Avian Flu Outbreak

Ivory Coast identified an H5N1 avian flu epidemic near the commercial capital Abidjan and had already taken steps to contain its spread, according to the livestock ministry.

The livestock ministry added that tests confirmed the presence of the virus after a large number of poultry died in the Grand Bassam commune on July 20. Birds had already been slaughtered in the region of the outbreak.

Poultry-related activities have been restricted within the Grand Bassam area, which is almost 42 kilometers outside Abidjan. Imports from other contaminated countries have also been suspended.

Ivory Coast declared avian flu outbreaks in 2006 and 2015. It is the latest of some West African nations to declare the H5N1 outbreak.

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