Oyo Shuts Hatchery Over Suspected Avian Flu

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By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan –

Oyo State government has shut down the hatchery of NPG factory over a suspected case of Avian flu (bird flu).

The special adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Agriculture, Prof Segun Adekunle, said the decision was taken as a result of the spread of the virus at NPG main factory in Egbeda area of Ogun State, with the Oluyole farm as hatchery.

Acting on a hint by the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture on September 6, 2017, Adekunle had on Saturday led a team of officials from the Avian flu office, Ibadan, to the factory where samples of day-old chicks were taken to a lab in Plateau State, for diagnosis.

Adekunle said the factory was only shut to protect unsuspecting chicks’ buyers from spreading the virus, since the laboratory result revealed that the viruses were discovered in the samples taken.

He urged residents of the state not to fret about the spread of bird flu, noting that the state government would only activate other containment measures based on the screening result.

He said, “We got the hint from the Ogun state commissioner for Agriculture that there was the outbreak of Avian influenza at NPG factory in Egbeda area of the state.”

“Knowing that the NPG factory has its factory in Oluyole Local Government Area of the state, the NPG factory was visited yesterday with the Avian Flu desk, the Police among other concerned agencies.