Via The Cameroon Journal: Sale of Chicken Banned in Yaounde over Bird Flu Outbreak. Excerpt:
The rearing and commercialization of chicken in Mfoundi Division, covering the entire city of Yaounde, has been outlawed.
The ban is contained in a ministerial order issued last weekend by Dr. Taiga, Minister of Livestock Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.
According to the minister, the move is a measure aimed at averting the spread of the Avian Influenza virus strain (H5N1), which was recently discovered in a poultry farm in Mvogt Betsi, Yaounde.
Taiga called on residences to remain calm “as government is taking concrete measures to arrest the situation.”
Though the ban took effect the same day it was signed, the sale of table birds in the capital city is still as it was before the bird flu outbreak. The enforcement of the ban is still to take effect and city dwellers are yet to develop a scare for the delicacy, The Cameroon Journal observed.
Last week, three ministers, Dr. Taiga of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, Andre Mama Fouda of Public Health Ministry and Issa Tchiroma Backary of Communication, told a press conference that it was on May 22 that the epidemic surveillance network first noticed an abnormal high mortality rate of fowls at the poultry farm.
The National Veterinary Laboratory (LANAVET) annex later confirmed the deaths were caused by the Avian Influenza virus strain (H5N1).