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First case of H5N1 bird flu confirmed in Ghana

First case of H5N1 bird flu confirmed in Ghana

The first case of the H5N1 bird flu strain in Ghana has been confirmed by a lab in Egypt, a World Health Organization official said Wednesday.
Sophia Twum-Barimah, a WHO spokeswoman in Ghana's capital, Accra, said the virus was first detected by a Ghanian lab and then confirmed by the Egyptian research center. Earlier this week, Ghanaian officials said they were investigating a suspected outbreak of the disease in birds around the eastern port city of Tema.