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

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