Amid apprehension caused by a new outbreak of  Avian Influenza popularly known as Bird Flu in Lagos State, the state government yesterday said about 2,000 birds had been killed in a poultry farm in Badore area of the state to prevent spread of the deadly disease. The Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperative, Prince Gbolahan Lawal told newsmen that  intensive surveillance has been mounted in all poultry farms in the state to prevent spread.

He said the name of the poultry farm would not be disclosed for security reasons, adding that because of the outbreak of the flu, 2,000 birds had been de- populated from the farm while the entire farm had been quarantined. He explained that during the last Christmas and New Year Festival period, the Veterinary Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives received a report of high mortality of birds in poultry markets across the state.

He said bird samples collected by the department and sent to the National Veterinary Research Institute in Vom, Plateau State, had unfortunately been found positive for the H5 strain of the Avian Influenza popularly known as bird flu. According to him, “samples collected from a poultry farm in Badore have also been confirmed positive and a Zoological park based in Victoria Garden City presently experiencing high mortality of wild birds in captivity is on the suspicion list and it is being investigated.”

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