Veterinary Services advises:Report high morbidity,mortality of birds on farms

Poultry farmers have been advised to promptly report to the Veterinary Services anytime they see high morbidity and mortality of birds on their farms.

This, according to experts, would ensure quick intervention and help curb the spread of the Avian virus (Bird flu).

Bird flu is a viral zoonotic disease of chicken, turkey, guinea fowl, and other avian species, especially migratory waterfowl.

The disease is of public health importance because it can affect human beings as well.

The virus since July this year has killed about 100,000 birds in some regions, and affected farmers look up to government for assistance.

However, the Veterinary Services indicate that the previous weeks had seen a significant decline in the number of cases recorded across the country.

Our photographer, Mr Geoffery Buta, visited some farms in Accra to capture some officers providing support to some farmers while helping to dispose of some dead birds.

Veterinary officers say there was more to be done to contain the disease, but attributed the decline so far to the adherence to safety measures by the farmers.

Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Western North, Volta, Central and Upper West regions had all recorded cases of bird flu.

There has been a ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products from neighbouring countries as part of measures to help curb the spread of the disease.

Government had given indication of meeting the compensation request of farmers, but it is unclear how soon the request would be met.

Ghana had outbreaks of Avian Influenza in 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

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