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Lagos on high alert after bird's flu outbreak

19 January 2015, 06:51Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Lagos State Government has alerted members of the public on the resurgence of bird's flu in the state.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal said the disease was noticed during in a poultry farm recently in the state.

He said the disease was imported to the State from Northern part of the country and was traced to a farm at Badore, in Eti-Osa Local Government and Zoological Park at the Victoria Island where a high mortality rate from the farm birds was noticed.

Lawal said samples of birds collected by the Veterinary Directorate of the Ministry from the farm and park was later sent to the Veterinary Research Institute Vom in Plateau State and was confirmed to have H5 strain of the avian influenza, popularly known as bird flu in the birds from the farm.

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He said the state had moved in to curb the spread of the disease from farm and the poultry market around the state by actively searching traces through the surveillance agents at various corners of the state, bio security monitoring and sensitization of poultry farms handlers and in market places.

Lawal said other control measures taken include disinfection of poultry markets all over the state, as well as sensitization of poultry farmers and traders on insurance policy issues concerning their farm and products.

“The state government, through the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has also decontaminated and quarantined the farms affected. A team of eight technical staff, comprising representatives of the Federal Livestock Department, National Quarantine Services and the state national Veterinary Research are currently in the state on disease assessment and surveillances,” he said.

The Commissioner added that the emergency active disease search carried out in the state indicated that the disease was not spreading.

- CAJ News


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