The Federal Government has issued an alert on the outbreak of avian influenza in the country.
This was contained in a statement by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, which indicated that unusual high mortality of birds has been reported in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos States.
He said: “The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) wishes to notify the general public that unusual high mortality has been reported in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos States.
“Samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom tested positive for H5 Strain of Avian Influenza virus and confirmatory samples have been sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy for further characterisation.”
According to the Minister measures have been taken to arrest the situation. “The Ministry has taken the following measures in the affected sites to contain the reported outbreaks.
“Quarantine of infected premises and restriction of movement of poultry and poultry products into and out of areas around infected premises.
“All State Directors of Veterinary services and FCT, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert possible spread of the disease to other states.
“The World Organisation For Animal Health (OIE) and Inter African Bureau For Animal Resource (AU-IBAR) and Development Partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligations
“ Immediate reactivation of all Animal Health component of the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) on Bird flu for Nigeria