Avian Influenza popularly known as bird flu has hit a poultry farm in Ebonyi state, causing panic among other farmers and consumers of poultry products in the state.
The disease was detectcted at the weekend in a farm in Ugwuachara community located within Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Uchenna Orji who confirmed this yesterday said the ministry is in control of the situation to ensure safe disposal of the birds and sanitation of the farm.
He directed the department of veterinary services in the ministry to take stock of all poultry farms and ancillary farms in the state and sustain enlightenment on the influenza.
“A sample had been taken to a laboratory and result has shown that this is positive, so what we have done is to create awareness, go to places we have poultry farms and see what the situation is so that we can avert the spread, “ he stated.
The state director of veterinary services, Dr. Ibiam Okoro who led the Commissioner to the farm said the ministry had already mounted surveillance to contain possible spread of the Avian Influenza.
According to Dr Okoro, with the discovery, it is expected that poultry farmers in the state should exercise caution and ensure that poultry products are properly cooked before consumption.
One of the supervisors of the farm, Mrs Victoria Chukwu said sudden massive death of birds in the farm aroused the suspicion that something could be wrong. She explained that 336 fouls have died within three days

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