H5N1 Flu Outbreak In Burkina Faso

Flu outbreak hits Burkina Faso leading to the closing of its borders to poultry imports.

Flu outbreaks continue to be a major crisis in the poultry industry. The year didn’t start so well for poultry farmers in Burkina Faso, not only did it affect them but also neighboring countries like Ghana farmers supplying Burkina Faso with day-old chicks.

The highly virulent H1N1 form of bird infection was discovered late last year at 42 farms scattered over seven districts in the country’s center and west, according to Animal Resources Minister Moussa Kabore.

“We noticed a high mortality rate among poultry at our country’s production facilities at the end of December 2021,” Kabore said, adding that tests had verified the presence of H5N1 bird flu.”

Around 500,000 birds had died from the disease and the rest had been culled by January 7, and 1.3 million boxes of eggs had been destroyed, he added.

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