Thanks to notions birds will carry H5N1 into Africa - based only on supposition, with pretty darn flimsy evidence, but reported in press, including Nature (getting caught up in the Salem Bird Trials; so caught up, that article re possible spread to Africa illustrated with big photo of Snow Geese - which are north American) - it seems people there are becoming unnecessarily concerned.
"The radio said bird flu was coming and I know the danger," said Frontie Kekamei, 45, a taxi driver in Kigali, capital of the tiny African country of Rwanda.
"My family have come to an agreement to kill all the 8 hens and 10 geese we are keeping but to frozen the meat as soon as Kigali tests the disease," said Frontie, "without chicken, my wife and I have no meat to feed our three kids and my 72-year-old mother."
Poultry is often the only meat that many Africans can afford. In the hunger-hit continent with almost half of its population live below one dollar a day, people depend on chicken as their main protein sources.