Bird flu spreads to Cameroon, Myanmar

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The fatal virus was first discovered in Africa on a commercial poultry farm in Nigeria in February. It has since been reported in Niger and Egypt. Experts have expressed concern that bird flu was likely to be spreading undetected in Africa, which is ill-prepared to deal with the virus and lacks laboratories to detect it. YAOUNDE, Cameroon – The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was detected for the first time in poultry in Myanmar and Cameroon, officials in the two nations said, in the latest sign of the disease’s expanding range in Africa and Southeast Asia. Experts over the weekend confirmed cases in hundreds of dead chickens at a farm outside of Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay, Than Tun, director of the country’s livestock breeding and veterinary department, said today. Myanmar borders Thailand and China, which together have reported 24 human deaths from the disease. Cameroon’s government announced its first avian case on Sunday, becoming the fourth African country to be struck by the deadly bird flu virus. last_img read more