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  • Consequences of H5N1 virus in West Africa: FAO estimates the economic losses at several billion CFA francs

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    EPIZOOTIC - Consequences of H5N1 virus in West Africa: FAO estimates the economic losses at several billion CFA francs

    Pope Nouha souane News 16 December 2015

    The representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Senegal noted yesterday in Dakar, that the H5N1 virus disease caused the death of several million birds and economic losses estimated at several billion CFA francs in West Africa. This is added to, reports Vincent Martin, some risk on food and nutrition security and the health of populations.

    The damage of the H5N1 virus disease of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is huge in West Africa. Yesterday in Dakar, several players from the countries of the subregion, members of civil society, NGOs, etc. became interested in the "Regional Consultation on risk management for the prevention and control of HPAI along the value chain of the poultry sector." At the official opening ceremony of their three days work, the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Senegal noted the consequences "negative" of the disease.

    Heavy, they saddled the development of this part of Africa. Vincent Martin, "impregnated" with this issue, informs: "To date, the disease has claimed the lives of several million birds and economic losses estimated at several billion CFA francs with certain risks on food security and nutritional as well as the health of populations. So it is our collective responsibility to sustainably contain the outbreaks under way in West Africa. "According to him, the reintroduction of H5N1 HPAI virus in Nigeria at the end of 2014 and its spread to Burkina Faso in April 2015, Niger, Ivory Coast and Ghana, is a major concern for countries in the region and the international community.

    Constraints in the fight

    The crusade of Fao against this disease is not at all easy, as the international institution, which received USAID support in this struggle of 87 million dollars, is fraught with obstacles. Upon notification of the first outbreaks, says Mr. Martin, the FAO, in collaboration with the International Livestock Organization (OIE), has sent experts to the countries mentioned above. At the end of their mission, he advances, the experts assessed the readiness of the countries at risk. Moreover, they have also identified constraints, according to the representative of the FAO, should be solved for an effective fight against HPAI. It is the payment of compensation following the slaughter, of the implementation of a monitoring based on a robust risk assessment, low private sector involvement, weakness or lack of biosecurity measures in farms, etc.

    pnsouane @ lequotidien

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