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Bird flu contained in Oyo

03 February 2015, 18:22

Ibadan - Dr Muideen Olatunji, the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Oyo State, said on Tuesday that the outbreak of bird flu in the state had been contained.

Olatunji said in Ibadan that bird flu, also known as avian influenza, was discovered among some birds on a farm in a local council in the state.

"The outbreak of bird flu was in a poultry farm in Egbeda, Egbeda Local Government Area, and all the birds there had been culled,’’ he said.

Also read: H5N1 bird flu spreads to four more states

He described bird flu as a viral infection that could infect animals and human beings, adding that "most cases of bird flu virus is restricted to birds."

Olatunji explained that the symptoms of bird flu were similar to normal influenza in humans.

"The disease manifests common symptoms such as cough, fever, sore-throat, muscle aches, shortness of breath and headaches.

"The disease is usually transmitted to humans through contact with infected birds, faeces, nasal secretions or secretions from the mouth or eyes.

"While consuming properly cooked poultry or eggs from infected birds does not transmit bird flu, eggs should never be served runny,” he said.

The NMA chairman also advised residents of the state to be vigilant so as to assist in containing an outbreak.




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