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