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While bird flu hysteria is almost breaking out in Germany in the face of a few cases, experts estimate that a widespread spread of the virus in Africa is only a matter of time. With far greater consequences than in this country, because in Africa people live closely together with their pets. Chicken or duck meat intended for private consumption is rarely slaughtered and prepared under proper hygienic conditions. If the H5N1 virus mutates and infects people, thousands of deaths are to be expected in Africa, the World Health Organization warned weeks ago. No human cases of avian influenza have been reported in Africa, but poor health care, malnutrition and widespread diarrhea, malaria and other diseases weaken the people. They would have little to counter a flu pandemic, let alone the supply of medication.missio consultant Toni Gortz was in Nigeria until a few days ago: