Outbreak of Avian Influenza Virus, also known as Bird Flu, has been recorded in Edo State.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abdul Oroh, who confirmed the outbreak yesterday in Benin, said necessary steps of quarantine and decontamination have been instituted.

He urged members of the public not to panic, adding that the state government is already taking necessary steps to curtail the spread to other farms. He also urged members of the public not to buy any dead/sick bird.

He further advised farmers to watch out for any high mortality in their farms and promptly report such to Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Benin City.

The state Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Collins Aibaogun, said a total of 420 birds were confirmed dead in a poultry farm in Benin, adding that the result of samples sent to the National Veterinary Institute yesterday confirmed the existence of the virus in Benin.

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