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Health News of Wednesday, 27 May 2015


Veterinary officials investigate suspected bird flu case

Veterinary officials have begun investigations into a suspected case of bird flu in Ghana.

An investigative team has been dispatched to the Kpone Katamanso district to quarantine some farms and restrict bird movements following reports of the outbreak of the deadly disease.

Cases of bird flu have also been reported in neighbouring Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

Meanwhile, Professor Derek Smith, of Cambridge University Tuesday warned that the deadly bird flu virus is only two or three mutations away from being infectious between humans.

Such a virus would have a ‘devastating’ impact on the world’s population, similar to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic which killed around 50million people.

In its current form, avian flu can only be transmitted between birds and from birds to humans.