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Veterinary Services put 12 regions on red alert over possible bird flu outbreak

The Veterinary Companies Division has put 12 areas on purple alert over a doable outbreak of hen flu.

The service says its officers within the 5 areas of the North, the three Bono areas, the Western, Western North, Japanese, and Oti Areas, have been requested to place in measures to forestall an outbreak.

In keeping with the service, as of July 31, 2021, the Higher Accra, Volta, Central, and Ashanti Areas had recorded over 33,000 poultry deaths due to the Avian Influenza illness.

The Danger Communicator for the Veterinary Service Directorate, Dr. Benjamin Kissi Sasu, informed Citi Information that “The outbreak started from three areas, then to 4 areas. So now, all of the areas are on alert. The Emergency Response Crew is coping with the areas and persevering with with the schooling and consciousness creation. We hope that the Ministry [of Agric] will proceed to assist by way of logistics and workers energy. Thus far, we’re on guard, updating farmers and different stakeholders on what is going on.”

The Ashanti Area was the newest space to have recorded an outbreak within the nation.

Three areas; the Higher Accra, Central, and Volta Areas, recorded circumstances in numerous farms two weeks in the past.

Following the recent outbreak, the Ministry of Meals and Agriculture introduced a complete ban on the importation of poultry and poultry merchandise from neighbouring international locations the place the prevalence of the illness has been confirmed.

A ban on the motion of poultry and poultry merchandise inside and from the affected areas and districts to different components of the nation, and strict inspection and issuance of permits to cowl the motion of all poultry and poultry merchandise from unaffected components of the nation, has additionally been put in place.

As well as, the Ministry mentioned it has intensified public consciousness and sensitization by Regional Coordinating Councils and District Assemblies, particularly within the affected areas.

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