Bird Flu: Avian Influenza Team Disinfects Poultry Markets Soon

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The Avian Influenza team of the Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture will commence the disinfection of livestock markets in Port Harcourt, next week.

The Desk Officer, Avian Influenza Control Project, Rivers State, Dr Allsweel Emejuru, who disclosed this in a telephone interview with The Tide yesterday, said the continuous disinfection of livestock markets was to collect samples from birds in order to check their avian influenza (AI) status in Port Harcourt.

According to him, the exercise, which ended last month, will commence next week beginning from Mile I market to Mile 3 market (Oroworukwo) and Borikiri market from 7.30 am before the commencement of normal business in the market.

He stated further that the samples, which will be collected from livebirds, would be taken to the National Veterinary Research Institute, VOM to check the AI status of the birds.

Dr Emejuru explained that since there are frequent movement of birds from different countries, it is pertinent for the team to disinfect markets and vehicles carrying living birds to ensure that there are no AI virus around any market place.

In addition to this, the Desk Officer said monitoring of livebirds markets will also be carried out to ascertain whether those poultry farmers educated on how to disinfect their environments are actually carrying out their functions effectively.

He, however, called on Rivers people to report unusual dead birds in their environment to the AI control project at the Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture in Port Harcourt.