Nigeria’s southwest Ogun State Friday activated bird flu control measures at a breeder poultry farm, located in Orile-Ilugun area of the state.

The state took the proactive steps to prevent the spread of the Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu, which was discovered on the farm, Adepeju Adebajo, the Commissioner for Agriculture told Xinhua in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“The causative agent was found to be H5N8, which is a variant of the H5N1 virus, that was previously known to exist in Nigeria,” Adebajo said.

She disclosed that there was no cause for alarm, as no live bird from other poultry farms in the state had tested positive to the highly pathogenic bird flu.

According to her, samples of birds taken from another poultry farm in the area of the state had tested negative to the H5N8 virus.

The last reported incidence of bird flu in Ogun State occurred in October 2015. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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