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Media reports cite spread of H5 in Nigeria to Lagos State.

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development today raised an alarm over the unusual high mortality in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos States expressing fears over a possible outbreak of Avian influenza, known informally as Avian flu or bird flu, Punch reports.

According to the ministry, the samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute tested positive for H5 strain of bird flu, adding that confirmatory samples were sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy, for further clarification.

The ministry disclosed that it had taken some measures in the affected sites to contain the reported outbreaks.

The ministry further said it had quarantined the infected premises and placed restriction of movement of poultry and poultry products into and out of areas around infected premises.

“All state directors of veterinary services and the Federal Capital Territory, Poultry Association of Nigeria and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert possible spread of the disease to other states.

“The World Organisation for Animal Health and Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resource and development partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligations.” The statement said.

It added that it had ensured immediate reactivation of all animal health component of the Emergency Preparedness Plan on bird flu for Nigeria, adding that the conduct of surveillance activities around infected areas to determine the level of spread of the disease was being undertaken.

it said, “All stakeholders in the poultry industry are urged to enhance hygienic practices (bio-security measures) which include, but not limited to, regular disinfection, proper disposal of dead carcasses and poultry products and timely reporting of mortalities in poultry and other bird species to veterinary authorities.

“We wish to assure the public that, given our experiences in handling previous outbreaks and with your full cooperation in the implementation of containment measures, we are determined to contain this disease again within a short time. We will keep you informed as events unfold.”

It will be recalled that last year, the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) allayed public fear about bird flu in eggs.

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Fresh cases of Bird flu in Kano, Lagos

JANUARY 15, 2015 BY OKECHUKWU NNODIM 1 COMMENT
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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday announced that there has been unusual high mortality in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos States.

It said samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute tested positive for H5 strain of Avian Influenza Virus, otherwise known as bird flu, adding that confirmatory samples were sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy, for further characterisation.

Avian influenza, known informally as Avian flu or bird flu, refers to influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds.

Influenza, commonly known as ‘flu’ is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus.

The ministry, in a statement, noted that it had taken some measures in the affected sites to contain the reported outbreaks.

According to the FMARD, it had quarantined the infected premises and placed restriction of movement of poultry and poultry products into and out of areas around infected premises.

It said, “All state directors of veterinary services and the Federal Capital Territory, Poultry Association of Nigeria and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert possible spread of the disease to other states.

“The World Organisation for Animal Health and Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resource and development partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligations.”

It added that it had ensured immediate reactivation of all animal health component of the Emergency Preparedness Plan on bird flu for Nigeria, adding that the conduct of surveillance activities around infected areas to determine the level of spread of the disease was being undertaken.

FMARD said, “All stakeholders in the poultry industry are urged to enhance hygienic practices (bio-security measures) which include, but not limited to, regular disinfection, proper disposal of dead carcasses and poultry products and timely reporting of mortalities in poultry and other bird species to veterinary authorities.

“We wish to assure the public that, given our experiences in handling previous outbreaks and with your full cooperation in the implementation of containment measures, we are determined to contain this disease again within a short time. We will keep you informed as events unfold.”

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Bird Flu Returns To Nigeria
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The minister of agriculture and rural development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has disclosed that Nigeria is under the scourge of the deadly H5 strain of Avian Influenza virus.

“The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) wishes to notify the general public that an unusual high mortality has been reported in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos States.

“The samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, tested positive for the H5 strain of Avian Influenza virus and confirmatory samples have been sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy, for further characterisation,” a press statement obtained by LEADERSHIP Friday, yesterday, read in part.

However, the minister has assured that it is on top of the situation, saying, “We wish to assure the public that given our experiences in handling previous outbreaks and with your full cooperation in the implementation of containment measures, we are determined to contain this disease again within a short time.”

The statement added that the ministry had taken measures such as quarantining infected premises and restriction of the movement of poultry and poultry products into and out of affected sites. It added that all state directors of veterinary services, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert the possible spread of the disease to other states.

“The World Organisation for Animal Health, Inter African Bureau For Animal Resource and Development Partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligations as well as the immediate re-activation of all animal health component of the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) on Bird flu for Nigeria as well as conduct of surveillance activities around infected areas to determine the level of spread of the disease,” the minister said.

The minister called on all stakeholders in the poultry industry to enhance hygienic practices (bio-security measures) which include, but is not limited to, regular disinfection, proper disposal of dead carcasses and poultry products and timely reporting of mortalities in poultry and other bird species to veterinary authorities.

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Bird flu hits Lagos, Kano

JANUARY 16, 2015 BY OKECHUKWU NNODIM 13 COMMENTS
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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday announced that there had been unusual high mortality in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos states.

The ministry said the bird’s blood samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute tested positive for H5 Strain of Avian Influenza virus, otherwise known as bird flu, adding that another confirmatory samples were sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy for further characterisation.

Avian influenza, known informally as Avian flu or bird flu, refers to influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds. Influenza, commonly known as ‘flu’ is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus.

The ministry, in a statement, noted that it had taken some measures in the affected sites to contain the reported outbreaks.

FMARD said it had quarantined the infected premises and placed restriction of movement on poultry and poultry products into and out of areas around infected premises.

It said, “All state Directors of Veterinary Services and the Federal Capital Territory, Poultry Association of Nigeria and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert possible spread of the disease to other states.

“The World Organisation for Animal Health and Inter African Bureau for Animal Resource and development partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligations.”

It added that it had ensured immediate reactivation of all animal health components of the Emergency Preparedness Plan on bird flu for Nigeria, adding that the conduct of surveillance activities around infected areas to determine the level of spread of the disease were being undertaken.

FMARD said, “All stakeholders in the poultry industry are urged to enhance hygienic practices (bio-security measures) which include but not limited to regular disinfection, proper disposal of dead carcasses and poultry products and timely reporting of mortalities in poultry and other bird species to veterinary authorities.

“We wish to assure the public that given our experiences in handling previous outbreaks and with your full cooperation in the implementation of containment measures, we are determined to contain this disease again within a short time. We will keep you informed as events unfold.”

A veterinary doctor, Dr. Femi Oboye, said government must embark on a massive vaccination of birds at poultry farms across the country.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:11 pm 
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Nigeria says finds an H5 strain of bird flu in poultry
Fri, Jan 16 20:47 PM IST
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria said on Friday it had quarantined two poultry farms in the north and south of the country after detecting an H5 strain of bird flu in both, giving no further details on the strain.

Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina statement said samples were taken from birds at the two farms, in the commercial hub Lagos and the main northern city of Kano, after they showed "unusual high mortality" rates.

The samples "tested positive for the H5 strain of avian influenza virus", the statement said, adding that samples had been sent to a laboratory in Italy for further testing.

A spokesman for the ministry was not able to elaborate on the virus strain's subtype.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and biggest economy, was the continent's first country to detect bird flu in 2006, when chicken farms were found to have the H5N1 strain. In 2007, it reported its first human death from the disease.

High pathogenic H5N1 bird flu first infected humans in 1997 in Hong Kong. It has since spread from Asia to Europe and Africa and has become entrenched in poultry in some countries, causing millions of poultry infections and several hundred human deaths.

(Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Dominic Evans and Kate Kelland)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:13 pm 
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Lagos Kills 2,000 Fowls As Bird Flu Hits Town print
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The Lagos State Government says that 2,000 birds have been killed in a poultry farm in Badore area of 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.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperative, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, at a news conference on Friday at the Government Secretariat, Alausa, said the name of the poultry farm would not be disclosed for security reasons, adding that because of the outbreak of the flu, 2,000 birds had been depopulated from the farm while the entire farm had been quarantined.
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 mortalities of birds in poultry markets across the state.
He said bird samples collected by the department and sent to the National Veterinary Research Institute in Vom, Plateau State, had unfortunately been found positive for the H5 strain of the Avian Influenza popularly known as 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 and it is being investigated,” he stated.
Lawal said in order to contain the spread of the infection, the government had embarked on active Diseases Search by surveillance agents, Biosecurity Monitoring and Sensitization in poultry farms and markets, disinfection of Poultry Markets and decontamination of affected farms and sensitization of poultry farmers and traders on insurance policy issues.
“To complement these activities, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is collaborating with the State Ministry of Health, the Lagos State branch of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, 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,” he said.
The commissioner disclosed that the emergency active disease search carried out in the last 48 hours had so far indicated no spread of the disease, adding that in order to contain the spread, the active disease search is on going in farms and poultry markets.
“Sensitization of poultry farmers and fowl sellers is being vigorously embarked on by the Surveillance and Extension Agents deployed by the ministry to cover the entire state. Disinfection of all live bird markets in the state is already on going.
“All poultry farmers and fowl sellers are hereby enjoined to adhere strictly to biosecurity measures and report unusual incidence of high mortalities of birds. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Health have deployed surveillance agents to the various parts of the state,” he said.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said there was no cause for alarm and advised Lagosians to embrace basic hygiene to prevent contracting the disease, saying that people should ensure that they cook their birds properly before eating and report cases of mortality in birds in any area to the government.
Avian influenza (AI), commonly called bird flu, is an infectious viral disease of birds. Most avian influenza viruses do not infect humans; however some, such as A(H5N1) and A(H7N9), have caused serious infections in people.
According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, outbreaks of AI in poultry may raise global public health concerns due to their effect on poultry populations, their potential to cause serious disease in people, and their pandemic potential.
Reports of highly pathogenic AI epidemics in poultry, such as A(H5N1), can seriously impact local and global economies and international trade.
WHO said the majority of human cases of A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) infection have been associated with direct or indirect contact with infected live or dead poultry as there is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly cooked food.
The WHO said controlling the disease in animals is the first step in decreasing risks to humans.
AI viruses can sometimes spread to domestic poultry and cause large-scale outbreaks of serious disease.
Some of these AI viruses have also been reported to cross the species barrier and cause disease or sub-clinical infections in humans and other mammals.

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Nigeria: Bird Flu Returns to Nigeria

By Ruth Tene Natsa
The minister of agriculture and rural development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has disclosed that Nigeria is under the scourge of the deadly H5 strain of Avian Influenza virus.

"The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) wishes to notify the general public that an unusual high mortality has been reported in two poultry farms and live bird markets in Kano and Lagos States.

"The samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, tested positive for the H5 strain of Avian Influenza virus and confirmatory samples have been sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy, for further characterisation," a press statement obtained by LEADERSHIP Friday, yesterday, read in part.

However, the minister has assured that it is on top of the situation, saying, "We wish to assure the public that given our experiences in handling previous outbreaks and with your full cooperation in the implementation of containment measures, we are determined to contain this disease again within a short time."

The statement added that the ministry had taken measures such as quarantining infected premises and restriction of the movement of poultry and poultry products into and out of affected sites. It added that all state directors of veterinary services, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert the possible spread of the disease to other states.

"The World Organisation for Animal Health, Inter African Bureau For Animal Resource and Development Partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligations as well as the immediate re-activation of all animal health component of the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) on Bird flu for Nigeria as well as conduct of surveillance activities around infected areas to determine the level of spread of the disease," the minister said.

The minister called on all stakeholders in the poultry industry to enhance hygienic practices (bio-security measures) which include, but is not limited to, regular disinfection, proper disposal of dead carcasses and poultry products and timely reporting of mortalities in poultry and other bird species to veterinary authorities.

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FG Takes Steps to Contain Bird Flu Outbreak

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The federal government has said that it quarantined some poultry facilities in Lagos and Kano states following reports of unusual high mortality associated with the deadly bird flu.

The government also promised that the scourge would be contained, based on past experiences in handling previous outbreaks.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina confirmed these in a press statement.

"We wish to assure the public that given our experiences in handling previous outbreaks and with your full cooperation in the implementation of containment measures, we are determined to contain this disease again within a short time," he said.

According to the statement, the ministry has taken the following measures in the affected sites to contain the reported outbreaks;
"Quarantine of infected premises and restriction of movement of poultry and poultry products into and out of areas around infected premises.

"Immediate reactivation of all Animal Health component of the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) on Bird flu for Nigeria. Conduct of surveillance activities around infected areas to determine the level of spread of the disease.The minister said samples forwarded to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom tested positive for H5 Strain of Avian Influenza virus and confirmatory samples have been sent to the International Reference Laboratory in Padova, Italy for further characterization.

He also directed all State Directors of Veterinary Services, FCT, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and other stakeholders to be invoke bio-security measures, so as to avert possible spread of the disease to other states."All State Directors of Veterinary Services and FCT, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and other stakeholders have been informed and advised to be on alert with intensified bio-security measures to avert possible spread of the disease to other states."

The government however urged stakeholders in the poultry industry to maintain hygiene and report strange observations to vertinary authorities.
Adesina added that the World Organisation For Animal Health (OIE) and Inter African Bureau For Animal Resource (AU-IBAR) and Development Partners have been appropriately notified in compliance with our statutory international obligation.

"All stakeholders in the poultry industry are urged to enhance hygienic practices (bio-security measures) which include but not limited to regular disinfection, proper disposal of dead carcasses and poultry products and timely reporting of mortalities in poultry and other bird species to veterinary authorities."

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