Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Bird flu spreads in Ghana

The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread to fowl in the West African nation of Ghana.

Earlier this week, Ghanaian officials said they were investigating a suspected outbreak of the disease in birds around the eastern port city of Tema. Though H5N1 had been documented elsewhere in the region, Ghana had not previously had a case confirmed, said Dr. George Amofa, head of public health for Ghana’s Health Ministry.

Sophia Twum-Barimah, a spokeswoman for WHO in Ghana’s capital, Accra, said the virus was first detected by a Ghanian lab and then confirmed by an Egyptian research center.

Ghana had stepped up surveillance to try to prevent incursion of the disease: banning imported poultry and related products from Asia and some neighboring countries, including Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

Bird flu story source: Pravda

Posted by john T. on 05/02 at 11:50 AM
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