10 poultry farmers quarantined

Hannah Bissiw

Hannah Bissiw

Ten poultry farmers at two farms at Kpone have been quarantined for exhibiting traits of avian influenza.

This follows the infection of their farms by the avian influenza disease (bird flu).

About 30,000 birds were destroyed at the Arrow Vision and Dellawind Farms at Kpone because of the infection.

The Head of Public Health at the Veterinary Services, Dr Bashiru Boi Kikimoto, told The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday that the quarantined farmers were yet to be screened by officials of the Ghana Health Service.

“Those kept on the farms for now are those who directly participated in the culling of the birds,” he stated.

Samples of birds from farms at Achimota, McCarthy Hill and Tema tested last month at the Accra Veterinary Laboratory and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research proved positive of avian influenza (bird flu) infections.

Following this, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) sent samples of the results to the International Reference Laboratory of the World Association of Animal Health (OIE) for affirmation and they proved positive.

No human cases of avian influenza virus have been detected so far and the MoFA, together with its medical counterparts, is working hard to prevent an occurrence.

A total of 18,264 bird have so far been infected with avian influenza since the outbreak in May this year. Out of the figure 16,009 died while 2,255 were slaughtered.

The influenza virus has two different strains projecting from their surface; type one is made of protein called the Hemagglutinin (HA) which has 16 subtypes while the second type called Neuraminidase (NA), has nine different subtypes.

The human flu virus currently circulating among the human population are the H1NI, HIN2.

Symptoms of avian influenza, include fever, cough, muscle fatigue, severe respiratory disease and sore throat, while symptoms of infected birds include ruffled feathers, soft-shell eggs, depression and droopiness, sudden drop in egg production, sudden death and nasal discharges.

By Linda Aryeetey         

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