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301 pigs die from swine flu in three Ashanti Districts


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By
Sampson Adu-Poku, GNA

Kumasi, July 07, GNA
– A total of 301 pigs in three Ashanti districts – Bosomtwe, Ahafo-Ano North
and Atwima-Kwanwoma, have died from swine flu.

Dr. Emmanuel Edward
Effah, the Regional Director of the Veterinary Services, confirmed this to the
Ghana News Agency (GNA) and said the first case was seen in March.

He, however, gave
the assurance that the situation was un

By
Sampson Adu-Poku, GNA

Kumasi, July 07, GNA
– A total of 301 pigs in three Ashanti districts – Bosomtwe, Ahafo-Ano North
and Atwima-Kwanwoma, have died from swine flu.

Dr. Emmanuel Edward
Effah, the Regional Director of the Veterinary Services, confirmed this to the
Ghana News Agency (GNA) and said the first case was seen in March.

He, however, gave
the assurance that the situation was under control and that there should be no
reason for anxiety.

There is no vaccine
or treatment for the highly contagious and infectious virus disease.

He said what “we do
is to depopulate or stamp out all the animals in the affected farms, fumigate
and restock”.

He spoke of stepped
up education- to help the farmers to do the right things – biosecurity and
prevent visitors from their farms because of the contagious nature of the
disease.

Dr. Effah encouraged
farmers to seek support from the veterinary services to contain the spread and
avoid relying on quacks.

Symptoms of the
disease include bleeding from the eyes, stomach and other parts of the body of
the pig, refusal to eat, seen packed in groups and body shaking.

Last year, 5,620
pigs died of the flu between July and November, in three districts of the
region – Atwima-Kwanwoma, Atwima-Nwabiagya and Bosomtwe.

GNA


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