Lagos State Government yesterday confirmed the resurgence of Avian Influenza also know as Bird Flu in Badore Ajah axis of the state. State Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, who confirmed the development yesterday while briefing journalists along side Commissioner of Health, Mr. Jide Idris, also disclosed that a zoological park based in Victoria Garden City is currently on suspicion list and is being investigated following high mortality of wild birds.
He listed steps taken so far to prevent spread to include; active disease search by surveillance agents, bio- security monitoring and sensitisation in poultry farms and markets, disinfection of poultry. Markets decontamination of affected farms and sensitization of poultry farmers and traders on insurance policy. “A team of eight technical staff, comprising of representatives of the Federal Livestock Department, National Quarantine service and the National vertinary Research Institute is currently in the state on disease assesment and surveillance.”
He added that active disease search is ongoing in farms and poultry markets, while sensitisation of poultry farmers and fowl sellers is being vigorously embarked on by the surveillance and extension of all live bird markets in the state.