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Cameroon Reports Deadly Strain of Bird Flu


Cameroon has become the fourth African country to report a case of the deadly bird flu virus.

A government statement released Sunday said the H5N1 strain was detected at a duck farm in the northern town of Maroua.

Cameroon had already implemented a ban on importing birds after the H5N1 virus was reported in neighboring Nigeria.

Health officials are concerned that Africa is not prepared to combat the avian flu because of a lack of money and other resources.

Avian flu has also been found in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The World Health Organization reports the virus has killed 97 people since 2003, mostly in Asia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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