As the bird flu took over the world, Niger was not passed over to contract the dangerous H5N1 virus. The first patient was a 22-year-old woman, the original test was administered by a laboratory in Niger, but the test results were confirmed by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza.
While, the source of the virus was somewhat unknown, further studies revealed that the source of the influenza virus were in fact found in poultry from across the country. The World Health Organization worked in conjunction with the government to ensure the best surveillance of the virus so as to prevent further spreading.
Many of the cases that came out of Niger had been in direct result to the self-slaughtering of infected poultry. It is most important to remain aware of the dangers of handling affected birds, but that proper cooking should rid the bird of any threatening virus.