Over the past month, outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in both wild birds and commercial poultry have occurred in the Republic of Senegal.
In early March, the H5N1 HPAI virus serotype was detected in wild species following mass mortalities of birds in two different regions. This is according to official notifications to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).
For the Dakar region in the far west of this West African state, this was the first ever detection of this virus variant. Initial losses were of more than 300 gulls and terns at near the Lac Rose body of water. Subsequent reports put the losses at 536 wild birds.