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Lagos Begins Decontamination of Poultry Markets Against Avian Influenza

Lagos State Government today began a two-week decontamination of 26 major poultry markets against the resurgence of avian influenza (bird flu) in some parts of the country.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, who disclosed this in Lagos today, explained that the decontamination exercise was informed by the reported resurgence of the flu in Kano and Plateau States, noting that it was of utmost importance for the State Government to take preventive measures in order to prevent an occurrence of the flu in Lagos.

The Commissioner stated that with the devastating nature of the disease to the poultry industry, as well as its serious socio-economic impact on the livelihood of farmers and other poultry value chain operators, it was not only imperative to curtail its resurgence, but also of utmost importance to act fast.

According to her, since the last outbreak of avian influenza in the State in 2017, routine animal disease surveillance activities have been carried out in the State, mostly during the festive period when there is a surge in the demand for birds.

Her words: “Due to the recent reports of the resurgence of Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) in Kano and Plateau States on the 29th of January 2021, it has become necessary to intensify preventive measures to forestall the resurgence in our State, hence we will be carrying out a two-week disinfection programme in 26 major poultry markets across the State”.

“The spread of bird flu (H5N1) had been successfully curtailed in Lagos State since September 2007 when the last outbreak was put down. Since then, routine animal disease surveillance activities have been carried out in the State. Disinfection exercises are also being conducted in major live bird markets across the State, mostly during the festive period, when there is a large movement of birds into the State”, Olusanya asserted.

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