Ghana announces temporary ban on live birds movement over bird flu outbreak

Bird Flu

Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) on Tuesday announced a temporary ban on the sale and movement of live birds within the Accra Metropolis.

Bird FluThe ban is to prevent further outbreaks of Avian Influenza in the capital and its environs, Dr. Ben Aniwa, acting Director of Veterinary Services of the MOFA, said in a statement.

“The general public and especially cockerel and pullets vendors are advised to cease the practice until further notice as their movement from place to place poses a threat to both humans and birds,” the statement said.
It said two of the outbreaks in the region had been linked to vendors.

The Veterinary Department, therefore, urged the security services and the public to cooperate with the internal movement control of street poultry vendors.

The ministry has banned the importation of poultry products from Burkina Faso as a result of a recent outbreak of Avian Influenza in that country.

Avian influenza (AI), commonly called bird flu, is an infectious viral disease of birds.
Most avian influenza viruses do not infect humans; however some, such as A(H5N1) and A(H7N9), have caused serious infections in people.

The majority of human cases of A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) infection have been associated with direct or indirect contact with infected live or dead poultry. Enditem

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