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    Health | Thu Apr 9, 2015 7:58am EDT Related: HEALTH

    Niger isolates suspected bird flu farm as region takes precautions

    NIAMEY | BY ABDOULAYE MASSALAKI

    (Reuters) - Niger has identified a suspected outbreak of avian flu on a chicken farm in the southern town of Maradi, near the border with Nigeria which has confirmed cases of H5N1 bird flu in several northern states.

    Authorities in Niger said late on Wednesday they had isolated the farm and banned the transport of all poultry out of the town, the third largest in the country, as they waited for samples to be tested in Italy.

    The suspected cases in Niger come a week after neighboring Burkina Faso also confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu.
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    Bangana Ibrahim, Niger's livestock minister, said authorities suspected bird flu on the Maradi farm after more than half of the 2,440 chickens on it died.
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0N018420150409
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