11,000 Birds Killed In Ghana After Bird Flu Outbreak Detected



An outbreak of bird flu has struck the country and led to the deaths of over 10,000 birds so far.
The new case of avian influennza has reportedly killed 5,431 in Ejisu in the Ashanti Region, 5,935 at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region and 450 birds at a farm at Tema.
All affected farms have been quarantined to limit the spread of the virus.
Head of Public Health and Food Safety, Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Dr Boi Kikimoto confirmed news of the outbreak to the Daily Graphic, adding that samples of the virus had been sent to the world reference lab of the World Animal Health Organisation in Padova, Italy for testing.
According to him, the Ministry are taking active measures to fight the virus and assured the public; “There is no cause for alarm.”
This is the third time in four years the flu has hit Ghana, after previous outbreaks in 2015 and 2016.

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