Emergency Control Plan Against Bird Flu Reactivated In Ogun

THE Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture, on Monday, said it had reactivated the emergency preparedness plan for the control and containment of bird flu.

Mrs Ronke Sokefun, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, announced this at a news conference in Abeokuta.

She said the measure became imperative due to the recent resurgence of the pathogenic avian influenza in the state.

“The measure was easy because of the existence of previous structure of the animal health component of the World Bank Assisted Avian Influenza Control Programme in the ministry.

The commissioner said vigorous state-wide surveillance with live bird market decontamination had been initiated along border towns of Sango, Ifo, Akute, Sagamu and Mowe.

“I regret to announce that samples from Sango, Sagamu, and Ifo live bird markets tested positive to the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus classified as HDN1,” she said.

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