Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Outbreak of Avian Influenza

The United States Embassy in Lome, Togo informs U.S. citizens that Togolese authorities have identified outbreaks of avian influenza in Adetikope and Adidogome. Chickens from both sites have tested positive for the H5N1 strain. Among a total of 14,372 susceptible birds in Adidogome, Golfe  Adeti-kope, Agonyive, 11,300 fatal cases were reported; 3,030 were destroyed since August 23, 2016. No other areas are known to have been affected.

To date, no human cases of avian influenza have been reported, but some commercial flocks have been affected, and affected areas have been quarantined. Togolese authorities are responding to contain the outbreak and have been culling affected flocks and intensifying surveillance for influenza-like illness. Avoid any direct contact with dead chickens or chicken feces and do not handle any dead birds with your bare hands. Avoid live poultry markets.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the Togolese Ministry of Health in response to this outbreak. See the CDC web site for more information.

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