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

The United States Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon informs U.S. citizens that Cameroonian authorities have identified outbreaks of avian influenza in a private poultry complex of Mvog Betsi, in Yaounde Cameroon. Chicken from the Mvog Betsi, in Yaounde Cameroon have tested positive for the H5N1 strain; 15,000 out of 20,000 have died, starting on May 20, 2016. There are yet to be confirmed cases in Bafoussam, West Region and Ebolowa, Center Region.

To date, no human cases of avian influenza have been reported, but some commercial flocks have been affected, and personnel at the poultry have been exposed. Cameroonian 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. CDC has partnered with the Cameroon Ministry of Health in response to this outbreak. See the CDC web site for more information.

For further information:

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens who decide to travel to or remain in Cameroon despite this Travel Warning are urged to provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information through STEP.
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