Burkina Faso authorities on Tuesday burnt over 160,000 eggs imported from Ghana, suspected of having been the cause of the raging bird flu in the country, official sources said Wednesday.
Sources from the Animal Resources Center in Burkina Faso’s southern region of Manga said boxes containing over 160,000 eggs valued at 10 million CFA Francs (17,000 U.S. dollars) were destroyed.
“The eggs were destroyed in accordance with an inter- ministerial decree on temporary halt of importation and distribution of poultry products coming from countries affected by H5N1 virus,” the statement said.
In Burkina Faso, a country whose economy heavily depends on agriculture and livestock, over 202,000 fowls have died or were killed due to the outbreak of bird flu and it is estimated that the country has lost over 3 billion CFA Francs.
Close to 11.4 million fowls are exposed to the H5N1 virus.
H1N1 virus can affect human beings if they get into close contact with sick birds or those that died from the disease.
Statistics from the World Health Organization shows that the disease has killed over 400 people across the world since its emergence in 2003. Enditem