The outbreak in the Thies region has killed 58,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.

Senegal has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu on a poultry farm, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.

The outbreak, which occurred in the Thies region east of the capital Dakar, has killed 58,000 birds in the 100,000-strong flock, with the remaining animals culled, the OIE said, citing a report from Senegal’s veterinary services.

H5N1 – a type of influenza virus – causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or “bird flu”).

Humans can occasionally contract H5N1 avian influenza but transmission from an infected person to another is difficult. When people do become infected, the mortality rate is about 60 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Infection in people is mostly associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments.

So far, there is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly prepared and thoroughly cooked food.

Port authority says it requested removal of 2,700 tonnes of the explosive material following the massive Beirut blast.

The multibillion-dollar wildlife trade must be brought to an end if we want to avoid more pandemics in the future.

We need to protect natural habitats from human encroachment and stop the illegal trade in wildlife.


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