Government Steps Up Fight Against Bird Flu Outbreak


A total ban has been placed on the importation of poultry from neighbouring countries as part of efforts to help to contain the outbreak and spread of the Bird Flu disease in the country.

The outbreak of the disease follows the detection of similar cases in neighbouring countries since January 2021.

This message was contained in a press release issued and signed on behalf of the Minister, Dr Patrick Abakeh, Director, Veterinary Services Directorate, and copied to in Accra.

Through effective surveillance and disease control management, the Veterinary Services Directorate has prevented the extension of the disease into Ghana until now.

Cases of the Bird Flu disease were previously recorded in 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2018, with a significant economic impact on affected poultry farmers.

The zoonotic nature of the disease calls for public alert and vigilance to mitigate the possible impact on the poultry industry and public health in general.

The statement the Ministry is intensifying public awareness and sensitisation through the Regional Coordinating Councils and District Assemblies, especially in the affected areas.

There is also a ban on the movement of Poultry and Poultry Products within and from the affected regions and districts to other parts of the country, and strict inspection and issuance of permits to cover the movement of all poultry and poultry products from unaffected parts of the country.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the disease is caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses.

These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.

The public has been advised not to panic because the Veterinary Services Directorate was taking all the necessary steps to contain the outbreak and spread of the disease. Avian flu viruses do not normally infect humans.

The statement urged the public to contact Dr. Abakeh on phone number 020-8240734 for further information.

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