Bird Flu in Togo

In late June, an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 variety of the avian (bird) flu was reported in Southern Togo, near the border to Benin:

Togo’s Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Yves Madow Nagou, confirmed here late Friday, the outbreak of bird flu in a poultry farm at Sigbehoue, south-east of the country. “Preliminary findings from a laboratory in Accra, Ghana, confirmed the existence of bird flu (at the farm),” the Minister said, adding that some samples were also sent to Italy.

Togo confirms avian flu outbreak, (via, 25 June 2007

I just hope that the people dealing with this emergency are competent public-health experts, and not cronies of the Gnassingbe clan.

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