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Cameroon confirms outbreak of bird flu

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed that Cameroon has reported a case of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus in the northern part of the country. Citing a report from the Cameroonian livestock ministry, OIE, added that the virus was found early January in exotic peacocks, in village chickens and in ducks. The H5N8 strain, which is deadly for poultry but has not been found in humans, has spread across Europe, the Middle East and Africa since 2016, leading to the slaughter of millions of poultry and the confinement of flocks indoors.

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