Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Highly pathogenic avian influenza in Benin

Benin 6 December, 2007

Benin reported its first outbreaks of avian influenza in chickens and said the virus may have been introduced into the West Africa nation by illegal poultry imports from Ghana.
Test results to determine the exact strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus are pending, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris.
About 100 fowl died in the outbreaks, which began a month ago in Honvie village in Adjara and later on a farm in Cotonou, according to the Benin government report.
Benin borders Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria, all of which have reported outbreaks of the lethal H5N1 strain of avian influenza during the past two years.