Fowl flu killed a minimum of 750 pelicans discovered lifeless in Senegal’s Djoudj chicken sanctuary, after authorities had initially dominated out the illness, scientific evaluation has proven.
The birds – 740 juveniles and 10 adults – have been found within the Djoudj nationwide chicken sanctuary on 23 January, and the nation’s atmosphere ministry stated on Wednesday it had been closed to the general public.
Now “we now have the outcomes of the evaluation. It’s certainly chicken flu sort A H5N1,” nationwide parks director, Bocar Thiam, instructed Agence France-Presse.
The atmosphere minister, Karim Sall, confirmed the chicken flu prognosis to RFM radio.
A combination of wetlands, savannah, canals, marshes and lakes nestled within the Senegal river delta, Djoudj harbours greater than 3m particular person birds from virtually 400 species.
Thiam had initially dominated out chicken flu, claiming that it solely affected birds that eat grains, quite than fish-eating birds like pelicans.
However the evaluation by the ministry of livestock disproved that idea.
Whereas the pelicans’ our bodies and waste have been destroyed, parks chief Thiam stated on Friday that “we’ll must do extra” to forestall the illness from spreading.
Firstly of the yr, Senegal culled greater than 40,000 poultry after an outbreak of chicken flu was detected on a farm in Thies within the west of the nation.
Nearly 60,000 birds had died within the previous weeks, the livestock ministry stated.
Authorities now imagine that cluster has been stamped out.
Senegal’s borders have been closed to poultry merchandise since a 2005 chicken flu epidemic to forestall contaminations, however the authorities struggles to forestall illicit imports from neighbouring nations.
A number of European nations are additionally struggling chicken flu outbreaks, with 2m animals – principally geese – culled in France in December to attempt to maintain it in test.