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Following an outbreak of avian influenza in Uganda, The Kenyan Government has banned the import of any and all poultry products from our beloved neighbours. The Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett calmed the public and assured of safety of the country from this Viral infection on Wednesday, when he said that the government has taken adequate measures to secure the country in proactive prevention from the spread of this virus into the country.
There are an estimated of over 32 million chickens in Kenya that stand at risk of contracting the avian flu.
The government has been on a high health alert after the deadly viral disease was detected in dead birds in Uganda last weekend.
The Ugandan government on Sunday in an effort towards prevention and control of the spread of the virus activated its emergency plan for epidemics control after confirming one strain of the disease — one of three types that affect humans, animals and birds, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Avian flu is an infectious disease from birds and is caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. It can be transmitted to human beings, causing severe respiratory infections. The flu is characterised by a sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache, severe sickness, non-productive cough and a sore throat within two to five days and up to 17 days of infection.
In the very young, it can lead to pneumonia and death. It affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally the lungs. It is treatable with an antiviral drug called Tamiflu. Humans contract the disease through close contact with infected poultry or with objects contaminated by their fecal matter, according to WHO.