Bird Flu Hits Western Region; Hundreds Of Birds Eliminated


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Farmers, visitors and workers have been advised to stay away from the affected farm as part of the measures to ensure that the bird flu is completely eradicated

It has been confirmed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture that some birds at a poultry farm in New Takoradi, a suburb of Tarkwa in the Western Region, have been affected with the avian influenza (bird flu). To this effect, About 250 birds, crates of eggs, bags of poultry feed and other products suspected to have been infected with the disease have been destroyed in the area.

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However, reports say that the Veterinary Services Department has been able to contain the situation. Farmers, visitors and workers have been advised to stay away from the affected farm as part of the measures to ensure that the bird flu is completely eradicated. There have also been reports that the recent development is as a result of individuals who smuggle birds into the country.

Bird flu had Ghana with a full force in 2015 when over 7000 birds were destroyed across Greater Accra, Central, Western, Ashanti and Volta regions. Government released GHc11 million to assist in controlling the outbreak through the payment of compensation, and the provision of logistics. A project which is to end in August was also launched to curb the outbreak of the disease.

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Earlier this year it was reported that the outbreak has been curbed and that it was safe to consume poultry. Also, at a public education and awareness creation forum for poultry farmers, it was revealed that 98 per cent of poultry diseases are due to management failure. Farmers were encouraged to adopt regular vaccination of their birds. They were also advised on preventive measures which include wearing protective clothes, preventing domestic flocks from mixing with wild birds, restricting the movement of animals and their products between farms and markets.

But the present situation has been controlled, and Ghanaians have been urged not be afraid to purchase poultry products in the market.