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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Ghana - Bird Flu News Bird flu outbreak in Ghana: Veterinary Services imposes ban on movement of poultry products
GHANA - Avian influenza outbreak in Ghana, 5,000 birds culled, ban imposed by Veterinary Services Department on movement of poultry products
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Backyard Poultry Killed in Ghana Bird Flu Outbreaks
GHANA - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
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Monday, September 26, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News  More Bird Flu Found in Ghana
GHANA - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Further Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Ghana
GHANA - Three new highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks have been found in Ghana's Greater Accra and Central regions.
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Friday, September 02, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Four New Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Southern Ghana
GHANA - Three new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Ghana's Greater Accra region, with another discovered in the Central region.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Bird Flu H5N1 Strain Continues to Spread in Ghana
GHANA - Three new outbreaks of H5N1 strain highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Ghana.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Reports Two More Avian Flu Outbreaks
GHANA - Outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in the Central and Greater Accra regions of Ghana.
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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News New Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Ghana
GHANA - Two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Ghana's Ashanti and Greater Accra regions.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Reports Four New Bird Flu Outbreaks
GHANA - Two outbreaks were reported in Greater Accra, and one each in Eastern and Central regions.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Reports First Bird Flu Outbreaks Since February
GHANA - Two outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Eastern and Western areas of southern Ghana.
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Friday, February 12, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Found in Ghana
GHANA - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Greater Accra in Ghana.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana's Government Releases Funds to Tackle Bird Flu
GHANA - The Ghanaian government has created a fund of 11 million cedi (2.7 million USD) to help tackle avian influenza in the country.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Five More Bird Flu Outbreaks Hit Ghana's Accra Region
GHANA - There have been another five outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Further H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak in Ghana
GHANA - More backyard poultry has been infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza in Greater Accra, Ghana.
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Friday, November 27, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News More Outbreaks of Avian Flu Found around Accra, Ghana
GHANA - Further outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Hands Out Compensation to Farmers Hit by Bird Flu
GHANA - Twenty-five poultry farmers received compensation on Friday for losses resulting from the recent avian flu outbreaks.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Two More Avian Flu Outbreaks in Ghana
GHANA - There have been two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Ghana.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Wild Birds Get Bird Flu in Ghana for First Time
Birds carrying the H5N1 strain of avian influenza include partridge, quail and pigeons, a technical workshop heard on Sunday.
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Friday, August 21, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Announces Compensation for Bird Flu
GHANA - A compensation package is to be rolled out by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) for poultry farmers whose birds and poultry products were destroyed following the outbreak of bird flu in the country.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Farmers Aim to Meet Christmas Poultry Demand Despite Bird Flu
GHANA - The Ghana National Poultry Farmers Association (GNPFA) has said that in spite of the avian influenza recorded in the country, it is ready to meet 40 per cent of the demand of birds during Christmas.
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Avian Influenza

(aka bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic.Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks.

Diagnosis
How to Recognise Avian Influenza
What to look for
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Depression and droopiness
  • Sudden drop in egg production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cyanosis (purplish-blue coloring) of wattles and comb
  • Edema and swelling of head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Green diarrhoea
  • Blood-tinged discharge from nostrils
  • Incoordination, including loss of ability to walk and stand
  • Pin-point hemorrhages (most easily seen on the feet and shanks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Increased death losses in a flock
  • Sudden death
  • Nasal discharges
For more detail in avian influenza in poultry click here
Poultry Vaccination

Poultry Vaccination as a strategy for controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks.

.Advantages of Vaccination
  • Vaccination reduces susceptibility to infection.
  • A higher dose of virus is necessary to infect the vaccinated birds.
  • Vaccinated birds shed less virus.
    - Decreased contamination of the environment.
    - Decreased risk of human infection
  • Used strategically vaccination compliments a stamping out strategy by slowing/stopping the spread of the virus
For more information on poultry vaccination see:
Biosecurity

Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague) is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.

Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.

Precautionary requirements include cleaning and disinfection of premises and the establishment of a Biosecurity barrier to help prevent spread of disease is essential.

For more information on biosecurity see the links below

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