Ghana takes steps to prevent spread of Bird flu from neighbouring Burkina Faso

bird-fluThe veterinary Services Department has began intensive disease surveillance in the Upper East, Upper West and Volta regions in efforts to check the spread of Avian influenza popularly known as Bird flu from
neighboring Burkina Faso and other West African countries.

A recent case of Avian influenza was recorded in Burkina Faso in March, 2015; a situation which has necessitated a standstill order as well as other safety measures..

A statement from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, signed by the Acting Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Ben Aniwa urged the Ghanaian public to avoid importing poultry and
poultry products from Burkina Faso.”The general public is to quickly report any unusual deaths in domestic as well as wild birds to the nearest veterinary office”, the statement advised.

The veterinary service also emphasizes the need for all internal poultry and poultry product movements to undergo veterinary inspection and be covered by movement permits.

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