April 30, 2009 / 3:42 PM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX-Measures against swine flu in Africa

April 30 (Reuters) - Following is a guide to precautionary steps being taken around Africa to combat a possible flu pandemic:

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EGYPT — Egypt, hit hard by bird flu, has ordered the slaughter of every pig herd in the country as a precaution against swine flu. The United Nations said on Wednesday the mass cull of up to 400,000 pigs was “a real mistake”.

— Increases medical staff at Cairo airport to check passengers arriving from Mexico and will monitor them during their stay.

GABON - Has suspended imports of pork and pork products and increased health checks at all border entry points.

GHANA — Bans the import of pork products. It has drugs available and a quarantine system in place should any cases be identified.

* KENYA — Monitoring visitors entering through airports and other border points who may come from infected areas. Visitors being screened are from U.S., Canada, Israel, Spain, and Britain. Kenya has enough medication to treat people and facilities for quarantining.

SOUTH AFRICA — Outbreak response teams are operational in all provinces.

ZAMBIA — Has formed an emergency task force to deal with a possible outbreak of swine flu.

* ZIMBABWE - Deployed teams at ports of entry to check for suspected cases. Zimbabwe does not have enough drugs in stocks to treat swine flu but will ask WHO Africa regional office.

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