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Bird Flu Epidemic Disrupts the Activities of Restauteurs in Côte d'Ivoire

In Côte d'Ivoire , the bird flu epidemic disrupts the activity of restaurants owners. Since July 24th, the H5N1 virus has reappeared in Côte d'Ivoire , after a first outbreak in 2006. 

To prevent further spread of the disease, the Ivorian government has decided to set up an emergency plan : sixty of the common markets of Abidjan will be inspected and disinfected , the operation is expected to intensify and expand in the rest of the country. Financial support is also expected from donors , like the African Development Bank which promised a budget of one million dollars ( 920,000 euros ) and the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), 100,000 dollars ( 92,000 euros).

In Abidjan , the " maquis " and open taverns which are always crowded  have seen their effective reducing due to the controls of traditional dishes such as "kedjenou" with "guinea fowl". This situation has also affected the activities of restaurateurs and hoteliers in Grand- Bassam , a tourist town.
No loss of life has been deplored since the beginning of the epidemic. But during his first appearance in 2006 , H5N1 had been most high in its pathogenic form . The epidemic had caused serious financial consequences estimated at € 55 million for the entire industry .

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