Ghana bans poultry products from Burkina Faso over bird flu scare

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Bird Flu

Ghana?s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) Wednesday announced the total ban on importation of poultry and its products from Burkina Faso due to recent outbreak of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in the neighboring country.

Bird FluThe step is part of measures being instituted by the Veterinary Services Department to ensure that the Flu doesn?t break out in Ghana.
A statement signed by Dr Ben Aniwa, Acting Director of Veterinary Services, on Wednesday warned Ghanaians of the outbreak of Bird Flu in a number of West African countries.
The most recent one, it said, was reported to have occurred in March, 2015, in Burkina Faso, where a standstill order and other necessary measures have been initiated since April 1, 2015.
The statement announced that veterinary officers in Ghana had started intensive disease surveillance in the Upper East and Upper West Regions as well as the Volta Region.
The ministry said while it did not intend to create panic in the country with the health alert, it was reminding the general public to quickly report any unusual deaths in domestic as well as wild birds to the nearest veterinary office and never handle dead birds with bare hands.
It also advised that all poultry meat as well as eggs should be well cooked before consumption and any internal movement of poultry and poultry products must undergo veterinary inspection and covered with movement permit.
The bird flu virus can affect individuals in close contact with infected or dead birds.
Statistics from the World Health Organization show that the disease has killed over 400 people in the world since 2003. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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