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Bird flu killing fowl in Benin

December 08, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Benin has reported its first outbreaks of bird flu in fowl and said the virus might have been introduced into the West African nation by illegal poultry imports from Ghana.

Test results to determine the strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus are pending, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris.

About 100 fowl died in the outbreaks, which began a month ago in Honvie village in Adjara and later on a farm in Cotonou, according to the Benin government report.

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