Bird flu in Lagos, Kano- FG

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The federal government has disclosed that Lagos and Kano States have been hit by the deadly H5 strain of Avian Influenza virus, Bird flu.

Minister of agriculture and rural development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday made the announcement in a statement made available to newsmen where he revealed that there was high mortality in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos states in recent time.

The statement reads in part: “The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) wishes to notify the general public that an unusual high mortality has been reported in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos States.

“The samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, tested positive for the H5 strain of Avian Influenza virus and confirmatory samples have been sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy, for further characterisation.”

Dr. Adesina assured that the situation would be brought under control, citing various measures that have been put in place to avert an outbreak.

He said, “We wish to assure the public that given our experiences in handling previous outbreaks and with your full cooperation in the implementation of containment measures, we are determined to contain this disease again within a short time.

“The World Organisation for Animal Health, Inter African Bureau For Animal Resource and Development Partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligations as well as the immediate re-activation of all animal health component of the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) on Bird flu for Nigeria as well as conduct of surveillance activities around infected areas to determine the level of spread of the disease.”

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