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The Veterinary Services Department has put the Northern Region and 11 other regions on red alert over a possible outbreak of bird flu.

The Savanah Region, North East, Upper East, Upper West and the three Bono Regions have all been listed as high risk regions with the possibility of an outbreak.

The others are the Western, Western North, Eastern and Oti regions.

The service says its officers have been asked to put in measures to prevent an outbreak.

According to the service, as of July 31, 2021, the Greater Accra, Volta, Central, and Ashanti Regions had recorded over 33,000 poultry deaths because of the Avian Influenza disease.

The Risk Communicator for the Veterinary Service Directorate, Dr. Benjamin Kissi Sasu, told Accra based Citi FM the outbreak started in three regions and is now in four regions, hence the reason all have been put on high alert.

The Ashanti Region was the latest area to have recorded an outbreak in the country.

Three regions; the Greater Accra, Central, and Volta Regions, recorded cases in various farms two weeks ago.

Following the recent outbreak, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture announced a total ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products from neighbouring countries where the prevalence of the disease has been confirmed.

A ban on the movement of poultry and poultry products within and from the affected regions and districts to other parts of the country, and strict inspection and issuance of permits to cover the movement of all poultry and poultry products from unaffected parts of the country, has also been put in place.

In addition, the Ministry said it has intensified public awareness and sensitization by Regional Coordinating Councils and District Assemblies, especially in the affected areas.

Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus I Justicefmonline |Tamale



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