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Osun government alerts residents against Avian Influenza virus in purchase of rams, others

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Ahead of the 2021 Eid al-Adha festival, the Osun State Government has warned Muslim faithful to be cautious of Avian Influenza virus when buying rams, goats and others.

The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Adedayo Adewole, gave the warning, yesterday, during a sensitisation programme to enlighten live bird marketers on the ravaging effect of the disease on livestock.

Adewole advised citizens, especially Muslim faithful, to examine the kind of bird, goat and ram that they want to buy , while equally calling on market women to maintain proper hygiene to prevent the disease.

The commissioner, who was represented at the event by the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Abosede Olatokun, warned residents against the plague, especially during the festive period when different kinds of animals would be brought to the state from neighbouring states for sale.

She said that virus could affect birds, animals and even human beings through consumption. She also identified some of the symptoms of Avian Influenza disease to include cough, diarrhoea, lack of appetite and death of animals, among others.

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