Gabon declares its first case of bird flu since 2022

Gabon declares its first case of bird flu since 2022
Gabon declares its first case of bird flu since 2022

(Agence Ecofin) – In sub-Saharan Africa, avian flu is one of the most recurrent zoonotic diseases since 2022. After the appearance of new cases in certain West African countries at the beginning of 2024, Central Africa is now affected.

Gabon reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza type H5N1 on June 21 in a report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (WHOA). This is the first case of bird flu reported in the central African country since 2022.

According to Gabonese authorities, the virus was detected in samples taken at the Mont Bouet poultry market in Libreville, as part of epidemiological surveillance of avian influenza.

“A first diagnosis was made by the National Public Health Laboratory on May 3, 2024 where 2 samples out of a total of 26 tested positive. The samples were then redirected to the Franceville Interdisciplinary Medical Research Center (CIRMF) which confirmed the presence of the H5N1 virus in the 2 samples,” we can read in The report.

WHOA specifies that the samples identified as positive were taken from birds from untraced farms, which makes it impossible to identify the source of the virus. For the moment, no cases of animal deaths have yet been established.

It should be remembered that the first outbreak of avian flu declared in Gabon in 2022 had killed 15,000 birds on a farm based in Ntoum in the north of the country.

Stéphanas Assocle

Also read:

06/03/2024 – Burkina Faso: an outbreak of avian flu declared under control in Ouagadougou

06/02/2024 – Niger: the Niamey region declares an epizootic of avian flu

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