KENYA BANS POULTRY IMPORTS FROM UGANDA AFTER BIRD FLU OUTBREAK

Kenya has banned poultry products from Uganda after a confirmed outbreak of bird flu in that neighbouring country.

The Ugandan authorities had detected the virus after a mass die-off of birds on the shores of Lake Victoria after which Kenyan officials on the common border were placed on alert to ensure no chicken products passed through. The fear is that the disease could spread to humans.

Kenya’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Juma Ngeiywa, said Wednesday that the ban of poultry products from Uganda would remain in place until the situation in Uganda returned to normal. It is risky to us. We have to ban the movement of poultry products and birds from Uganda, he said.

Kenyan authorities have also taken further measures to protect the people, especially those residing in counties bordering Uganda. We are involving the Kenya Wildlife Service and the counties along the border. We are using local radio to talk to the people about the imminent risks, Ngweiya added.

The authorities are urging people not to eat birds and other wild animals which are dead.

Britain and the United States are among countries which have advised citizens travelling to Uganda to avoid visiting areas affected by the virus. The first suspected cases of bird flu were discovered early this year after fishermen reported a mass die-off of wild birds on the shores of Lake Victoria.

The birds were found in a wetland near Entebbe which attracts bird watchers from all over the world. The town lies some 40 kilometres southwest of the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK