H5N1 avian flu returns to world stage

As H5N1 spreads in West and Central Africa, FAO calls for increased vigilance.

Countries across West and Central Africa are on alert as the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 continues to spread across the region, with Cameroon becoming the latest African country to detect the disease, according to the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The strain kills poultry at a high rate and also can infect and cause death in people.

The latest H5N1 outbreaks were recently confirmed on chicken farms in Cameroon, putting poultry production in

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