Public warned of H5 bird flu outbreak

Farmers and the general public have been warned of an outbreak of bird flu in the country.

The Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday that Ghana has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu on farms according to a report from Ghana’s agriculture ministry.

The report indicated that, one of the outbreaks killed 5,431 birds out of an 11,000-strong flock on a farm in Boankra in the Ashanti region, while the other killed 5,935 out of 13,188 birds on a farm in Nkawkaw in the Eastern region.

The remaining birds in the flocks were all slaughtered based on the recommendation of experts.

The report also revealed that the second outbreak in Eastern region arose from the illegal transfer of birds from the affected farm in Ashanti region.

The country earlier this year reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu on a farm in the southwest.
The public are therefore cautioned against patronizing and consuming unwholesome poultry meat from unauthorized sources.


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