Ivory Coast: H5N1-infected birds reported

20-10-2009 | |

Agricultural authorities in the Ivory Coast report that 30 wild white-necked ravens have been found dead and 9 tested positive on the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1.

The birds died suddenly while they were flying over the secondary school located at Cocody in Abidjan. The school was closed for 3 days. The staff members who handled the birds are under medical supervision.

The site and its surroundings have been completely disinfected using Virkon. A surveillance zone was established within a 2 km radius around the point where the birds fell.

Source: OIE (World Animal Health Organisation)

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist
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