Outbreak of bird flu: About 13,000 birds culled

Bird Flu Alert

Health officials have culled about 13,000 birds on Stardon Farms at Bethlehem, a community in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality due to the outbreak of bird flu.

Bird Flu AlertDr Emmanuel Kwao Pecku, the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Veterinary Officer, who confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency, said a case of the suspected bird flu outbreak was reported to the office by the owners of the farm.

Dr Pecku said that based on the information, veterinary officers were deployed to the Stardon

Farms and an antigen test conducted to ascertain whether it was the avian influenza disease.

He said the veterinary officers were working around the clock to contain the situation, adding that the poultry industry risks suffering a major setback and that the situation was very disturbing.

Dr Pecku urged poultry farmers to adhere to strict sanitary measures to protect their birds from the outbreak.

He called on the Government through the Agricultural Ministry to adopt measures to curb the spread of avian influenza in the country.

By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA


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