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Cameroon – Bird Flu: The H5N1 virus is back in the West Region!

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Written by kmerteam

The announcement was made on Thursday by the Governor of the Region, Awa Fonka Augustine, in a closed meeting.

He revealed that 14,000 chickens have been culled in 4 days in a farm of the Mifi division. This is in fact the operation of one of the largest poultry producers in the country, Andre Richard Wouembe, we learn. According to Cameroon Tribune, the national daily, it is since last Saturday that the chickens began to be slaughtered after the finding by the poultry farmer himself.

It is also the latter who took to the authorities so they could proceeded to the slaughter and incineration of these fowls,” one reads.

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Governor prescribed the slaughter of other fowls still living in the farm, namely 16 000 chickens and enacted restrictions for the movement of poultry within the Mifi. Samples from animals have been sent to competent laboratories for analysis, although everything seems to indicate that this is a resurgence of bird flu.

In a recent interview, Bernard Njonga indicated that we were not far from a return of the H5N1 virus. 

It’s on May 22, 2016 that the first bird flu case was reported at the farm of Mvog-Betsi in Yaounde. The animals were slaughtered and the farm closed. The Government took restrictive measures when the epidemic in widespread in Central, West and South regions. After three months, these measures began to be lifted after the situation was “under control“.

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