Six African countries affected by bird flu

13-05-2006 | |

The outbreak of the Avian Influenza Epidemic has been described as a global concern especially as six countries in Africa have now been affected.

This concern was raised by the Director General of Medical Services, Dr. Noah Conteh while addressing health care providers during a informative workshop on bird flu in Cline Town, Sierra Leone.

The recent outbreak of bird flu occurred in four West African countries including Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria.

He told the participants that the disease can spread from country to country through international trade in live poultry products, adding that the disease is now seen affecting humans.

Conteh stressed the need for the strengthening of surveillance system as well as ensuring that the total ban on the importation of poultry and its products from all countries are strictly adhered to.

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