Ivoirian authorities in Grand Bassam – approximately one hour’s drive east of Abidjan – are dealing with an outbreak of bird flu, specifically the A(H5N1) strain of Asian Avian Influenza, among poultry. Although human infections with this virus are rare, the virus can infect the respiratory tract of humans, causing severe illness (e.g., pneumonia and respiratory failure) and death in some people. There are no confirmed cases of human infections of A(H5N1) in Côte d’Ivoire. Sporadic human infections with A(H5N1) virus have occurred in other countries.
The Government of Côte d’Ivoire has increased active surveillance and vigilance in high-risk areas. Authorities have ordered sanitary measures and the closure of markets in the affected areas to contain the outbreak.
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- Visit our Embassy webpage for information on conditions in Cote d’Ivoire.
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Asian Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Virus.
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