Bird flu outbreak declared in Niger capital

The capital city of Niger, Niamey, has been declared an infected zone after a fresh outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu was detected in local birds.

The virus can cause life-threatening sickness in several species of birds including poultry and wild birds.

Humans in frequent contact with birds can also become infected. Symptoms can include fever, aching muscles, headache, and a cough or shortness of breath.

Key safety measure to prevent the spread of the illness are:

  • washing hands either with soap and running water, or using alcohol hand rubs
  • separating raw meat from cooked or ready-to-eat foods
  • cooking food thoroughly, and handling and storing meat safely

According to ActuNiger, over the past two years there have been several outbreaks of H5N1 in Niger, which is classified as a “notifiable zoonotic animal disease”.



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