The Lagos State Government, Friday said that 2,000 birds have been killed in a poultry farm in Badore Area of the state following the outbreak of bird flu in parts of the state.
Lagos, southwest Nigeria, as bird flu breaks out in the state, just as intensive surveillance has been mounted in all poultry farms in the state to prevent spread of the deadly disease.
Prince Gbolahan Lawal, the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperative, said at a news conference that the measure was taking to prevent further spread of the disease.
He further explained that because of the flu, 2,000 birds had been depopulated from the farm while the entire farm had been quarantined. He did not disclose the name of the poultry farm.
According to him, 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 that bird samples collected by the department were sent to the National Veterinary Research Institute in Vom, Plateau State.
“Unfortunately the birds tested positive to the H5 strain of the Avian Influenza, popularly called bird flu.
“Samples collected from a poultry farm in Badore have also been confirmed positive and a Zoological park based in Victoria Garden City currently experiencing high mortality of wild birds in captivity is on the suspicion list.
The commissioner said that in order to contain the spread of the infection, the government had embarked on active diseases search by surveillance agents, Biosecurity Monitoring and Sensitisation in poultry farms and markets.
It is also disinfecting poultry markets and decontaminating affected farms while poultry farmers sellers were being sensitised on insurance policy issues.
“To complement these activities, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is collaborating with the Ministry of Health, the Lagos State branch of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, the National Agriculture Insurance Corporation (NAIC) and Lagos State Fowl Sellers Association.
“A team of eight technical staff, comprising of representatives of the Federal Livestock Department, National Quarantine Service and the National Veterinary Research Institute is currently in the state on disease assessment and surveillance,’ Lawal said.
Meanwhile Dr Jide Idris, the State Commissioner for Health, has advised Lagosians not to panic because of the bird flu.
he said that they should embrace basic hygiene to prevent contracting the disease.
“People should ensure that they cook their birds properly before eating and report cases of mortality in birds in any area to the government, he said in a statement.