The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries has sent experts to further investigate into the outbreak of the deadly bird flu in Masaka District.
Last week, the ministries of Health and Agriculture declared an outbreak of a rare strain of bird flu identified as ‘Avian Influenza’ type H5N1 in the districts of Masaka, Kalangala and Wakiso, all in central Uganda.
Dr Kenneth Mugabi, a senior veterinary officer in-charge of epidemic animal diseases at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, has led the team of experts that took fresh samples from affected birds for further examination.
The team has combed landing sites and villages in worst hit Bukataka Sub-county to assess the magnitude of the problem.
According to Dr.Mugabi Avian Flu virus has a case fatality rate of 50 per cent in human beings, this means that if acquired; five of every 10 infected human beings die.
The announcement by of the outbreak of the disease on government on Sunday has led to the ban of importation of Uganda’s poultry products by Kenya and Rwanda.