Bird flu is spreading in Mauritania

Posted on January 31, 2021

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The Mauritanian Ministry of Environment said that about 245 pelicans and 24 swans died due to the H5N1 virus, known as “bird flu”, in a Mauritanian national reserve near an area in northern Senegal that had contracted the virus.

The dead birds were discovered in a “basin” belonging to the Gaoleng National Reserve, which is located on the Mauritanian side of the Senegal River delta, and has more than 250 species of birds.

The ministry said in a statement that in the context of dealing with this outbreak, it was decided to “completely close the reserve in the face of visitors, and to stop all activities immediately.”

This comes on the heels of the discovery of hundreds of dead swans on January 23 in a Senegalese bird sanctuary on the other side of the river. It was later confirmed that she had died from the H5N1 virus.

This month, Senegal recorded an outbreak of the virus on a poultry farm in Thies, 192 km to the south, which resulted in the culling of about 100,000 chickens.

It is not clear until now whether there is a link between the two virus outbreaks in Mauritania and Senegal

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