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Ivory Coast Discovers New Case of Bird Flu


Ivory Coast has declared a new outbreak of bird flu, the first since the virus was detected there in April.

Health officials said Thursday two dead turkeys in a village on the outskirts of the economic capital, Abidjan, were confirmed to be carrying the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.

Officials say they are working to ensure the virus does not spread.

Several thousand birds were destroyed in Ivory Coast after the first outbreak of the virus in April.

Bird flu has also appeared in several other African nations, including Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

Bird flu has killed more than 150 people worldwide since 2003, mostly in Asia.

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

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