No bird flu in Ghana yet – Hannah Bissiw

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A Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Hannah Bissiw, has

allayed fears of an outbreak of bird flu in the country.

She said the Ministry can confirm that samples of some suspected cases

have been taken to a laboratory in Italy and results are yet to be

made known.

Some media reports on Wednesdaysaid the five out of six sample tests

conducted by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Research proved

positive for the bird flu virus.

But speaking toCiti News, the Minister said it is too early to

makeconclusions since the results of the tests are not in.

Hannah Bissiw however advised the general public to take necessary precaution.

"Birds were taken to Noguchi Memorial Institute following mortalities

that were reported from some farms and they isolated H5. Samples were

further taken yesterday to a laboratory in Italy at noon yesterday. We

are waiting for the results to come from Italy before we can confirm

any case. It is not confirmed yet, so now it is just suspected cases.

What we are doing now is to stick to the precautionary measures

outlined by the veterinary services," she added.

"If is it confirmed that it is a bird flu, we will hold a press

conference to make it known to the general public."

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture had earlier banned the

importation of poultry products from Burkina Faso as a result of a

recent outbreak of Avian Influenza Bird Flu in that country.

Avian Influenza popularly known as bird flu is caused by many

differentstrains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific


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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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