ABEOKUTA—The Ogun State government yesterday confirmed the outbreak of Avian Influenza otherwise known as H5N1 and also known as bird flu.
The state commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sokefun while addressing newsmen said
samples from Sango, Sagamu and Ifo live birds market tested positive to the highly pathogenic bird flu.
She said samples of birds taken from another poultry farm on Obalende-Ikangba Road in Odogbolu Local Government area of the state had tested positive.
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, had on January 21 in newspaper reports, l isted Ogun State as one of the seven states harbouring the bird flu virus.
According to him, the discovery was made after a state-wide surveillance and live bird market decontamination exercise initiated along the border towns of Sango, Ifo, Akute, Sagamu, and Mowe-Ibafo axis, considering their nearness to Lagos.
She said: “Other markets in Abeokuta, Ijebu Ode, Ilaro and Ayetoro were not left out.”
She said the samples were sent to the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, near Jos in Plateau State.
Meanwhile, the state chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria, Dr. Olalekan Odunsi, however, said there was no cause for alarm.
Dr. Odunsi said the association in conjunction with other neighbouring states had held stakeholders meeting on ways of containing the virus.
He said: “We have sent SMS to our members on advocacy and the need for them to take preventive measures on their farms.
“There is no need to panic. The areas affected are under surveillance.”