Jethro Ibileke/Benin

•File photo of chickens

•File photo of chickens

An outbreak of Avian Influenza Virus which causes Avian Influenza disease in birds, popularly known as Bird Flu, has reportedly killed no fewer than 420 poultry birds in Edo state.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Abdul Oroh, who announced report of cases ‎‎Bird Flu in a press statement statement on Wednesday in Benin, explained that necessary steps of quarantine and decontamination have been instituted.

“Members of the public need not panic as Edo State Government is already taking necessary steps through the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to curtail the spread to other farms,” the statement said and advised members of the public not to buy any dead or sick birds from any source.

The statement went further to advise farmers to watch out for any high mortality in their farms and promptly report such to Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Benin City.

The State Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Collins Aibaogun, who gave details of the outbreak of the disease, said the 420 birds were confirmed dead in a poultry farm in Benin where the outbreak occurred.

He added that the result of samples sent to the National Veterinary Institute, confirmed the existence of the virus in Benin.