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African Bird Flu Plan

African Avian Flu PlanAfrica needs the ability and donor aid to react swiftly to deal with a potentially large-scale outbreak of bird flu, experts say.

“Africa needs a rapid response to the disease and must draw up practical measures to control and prevent the disease,” Malawi’s Agriculture Minister Uladi Mussa said on the opening day of the conference in the capital Lilongwe.

Five African countries are grappling with outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that

have left four people dead in Egypt, the state worst hit on the continent.

Nigeria in February reported the first case of H5N1 bird flu in Africa followed by Egypt, Niger and Cameroon. This month Sudan confirmed the presence of the virulent strain of the virus in poultry in Khartoum.

The H5N1 virus has struck poultry flocks in dozens of countries and claimed more than 100 human lives, but only Egypt so far on the continent has reported human fatalities.

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