Village in Togo closed after suspected H5N1 case
Togo has imposed a quarantine on a southern village after a suspected
outbreak of bird flu killed nearly 4,000 poultry in the small West African
state, the government said on Wednesday.
The government's website said the sudden death of the
birds at Gbata near Avepozo in the coastal Lacs prefecture indicated a possible
outbreak of bird flu. Samples from the dead chickens were being sent to
laboratories in Ghana and Italy to test for the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of
Togo, one of a string of West African countries to be hit by
outbreaks of bird flu over the past two years, reported several cases last year
of H5N1 avian influenza among poultry.
Togo's Agriculture and Livestock Ministry had reinforced
an existing ban on the import of poultry and also tightened controls on ports,
markets and frontiers with neighbours Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso, the website
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