Nigeria’s economic hub fumigates 26 live-bird markets against avian influenza

Bird Flu

Authorities in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub have commenced two-week decontamination of 26 major poultry markets in the state against the resurgence of avian influenza (bird flu).

Abisola Olusanya, the state commissioner for agriculture, who stated this in a statement on Wednesday, said the decontamination exercise was informed by the reported resurgence of the flu in the northwest state of Kano and the central-north state of Plateau.

Olusanya said it was of utmost importance for the state government to take preventive measures to prevent the occurrence of the flu in Lagos.

She said the state had set up surveillance networks in seven zones in the state.

According to the commissioner, it is not only imperative to curtail the resurgence of the bird flu, but also of utmost importance to act fast with the devastating nature of the disease to the poultry industry and its serious socio-economic impact on the value chain.

She said since the last outbreak of avian influenza in the state in 2017, routine animal disease surveillance activities had been carried out in the state.

The commissioner added that measures to prevent the resurgence of avian influenza in the state could not be overemphasized as the state have about 3,000 poultry farms and 150 live bird markets within its territory.

She said 30 animal disease surveillance agents had similarly been assigned to carry out disease surveillance and bio-security monitoring in poultry farms and live bird markets located within the zones. Enditem

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