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Bird Flu Spreads to Third Location in Ivory Coast

  • Reuters

Chickens are seen in a contaminated farm while workers from the Animal Protection Ministry prepare to cull them to contain an outbreak of bird flu, at a farm in the village of Modeste, Ivory Coast, Aug. 14, 2015.

Chickens are seen in a contaminated farm while workers from the Animal Protection Ministry prepare to cull them to contain an outbreak of bird flu, at a farm in the village of Modeste, Ivory Coast, Aug. 14, 2015.

Ivory Coast said Friday that H5N1 bird flu had spread to a third location in the country, in the latest in a series of outbreaks in West Africa.

The case was discovered on a farm in the village of Modeste, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) east of the commercial capital, Abidjan.

Farm owner Moussa Dicko said he had lost 27,000 chickens in the outbreak, including about 7,000 slaughtered by veterinary agents.

The H5N1 strain of the virus can be transmitted to humans, though such cases are rare.

Jonas Oulai, vice director of animal health at the Ministry of Animals and Fisheries, told journalists that there was cause for concern about the spread of the virus, which struck in Ivory Coast in April.

"We had thought we were able to contain the virus in Bouake [a central town], but we are being overwhelmed," he said.

Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana have been hit with the same virus over the last six months.

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