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  • A health worker culls chicken at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong December 31, 2014

    A health worker culls chicken at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong December 31, 2014 | Photo: Reuters

All chicken markets in the West African nation's capital have been placed on red alert. 

All chicken markets in Nigeria's Lagos State and surrounding areas have been placed on high alert after veterinary institutions have increased surveillance in efforts to contain the avian influenza (bird flu) outbreak.

Last week, an outbreak of the flue was reported in Lagos and Kano states.

"I can assure you that we have been able to contain it since it was reported. The farm that this broke out from has been quarantined and they have destroyed the chickens in that particular farm," Chairman of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association's Lagos State chapter, Dr. Alao Mobolaji told local media.

Mobolaji clarified however that it is safe to consume chicken and other poultry, as long as it is properly handled and well cooked.

In 2006, Nigeria was the first country in Africa to report the H5N1 in poultry, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 


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