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Ghana reports outbreaks of H5 bird flu on farms

Ghana reports outbreaks of H5 bird flu on farms

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<p><strong>Ghana has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu on farms, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (<span class="caps">OIE</span>) said on Friday, citing a report from Ghana’s agriculture ministry.</strong></p> <p>One of the <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2016/07/16/fao-calls-for-increased-vigilance-as-bird-flu-spreads-in-west-and-central-africa/"target="_blank">outbreaks</a> killed 5,431 birds out of an 11,000-strong flock on a farm in Boankra in the Ashanti region, while the other killed 5,935 out of 13,188 birds on a farm in Nkawkaw in the Eastern region, the report said.</p> <p>The remaining birds in the flocks were all slaughtered.</p> <p>The outbreak in Eastern region followed the illegal movement of birds from the outbreak farm in Ashanti, the report added.</p> <p>Ghana earlier this year reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu on a farm in the southwest.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.africanews.com/2017/08/15/bird-flu-spreads-in-south-africa-s-western-cape-province/"target="_blank">Bird flu spreads in South Africa’s Western Cape province</a></h3>

The outbreak in Eastern region followed the illegal movement of birds from the outbreak farm in Ashanti