The fight against the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease/ Bird flu outbreak in Ghana continues as more than 257,000 birds have been affected.
This shows a close to 100% increase in the number of birds affected since our last update in September when more than 130,000 birds had been culled due to the bird flu outbreak.
“Out of 8 regions, only 4 are recording cases. The Western North, Western, Upper West and Central Regions since September 20, have not recorded any new cases,” a Risk Communicator at the Veterinary Services Directorate, Dr Benjamin Sasu told GhanaFact.
Here is a regional breakdown of cases
|Regions||Farms||Total death recorded|
Meanwhile, the Veterinary Services Directorate destroyed 195,362 birds out of the total number of dead birds, while the rest died through infection (naturally).
|Greater Accra||25, 385||28,817|
|Western North||7, 796||13,253|
|Upper West||1, 216||222|
To ensure public safety, citizens are advised to:
- Report any unusual death of domestic poultry and wild birds to the nearest veterinary office and public authorities.
- Avoid the handling of dead birds with bare hands at all costs.
- Consume only well-cooked poultry meat and poultry products.
By: Gifty Tracy Aminu