10,000 birds culled in Ghana due to bird flu outbreak

Hygiene & Biosecurity

The disease has spread to 7 poultry farms in the country triggering the alarm for the industry.

Posted on Jul 20 ,04:24

10,000 birds culled in Ghana due to bird flu outbreak

10,000 birds died in Ghana due to a bird flu outbreak. The disease was found on 7 farms, where 5,811 birds were found dead. The rest of 4,500 birds were culled on-site, informs an official from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Patrick Abekeh, director of the Directorate of Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), said a total of seven farms reported the outbreak in Greater Accra, Volta and the central regions.
"Of these seven farms, 5,811 birds died naturally and the veterinary services department destroyed 4,500 birds. Therefore, all 10,311 birds so far have been lost in the outbreak,", he declared, according to Xinhua news agency.
The destruction of the remaining birds on each of the affected farms, the official explained, was necessary to prevent the flu from spreading to other farms. "Because of its zoonotic nature, avian flu can affect humans, including agricultural workers and all those who come into contact with infected birds," the official said.
He said authorities will focus on containing and eradicating the disease and, fortunately, no human infections have been recorded.

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