Bird flu: FG destroys 329,000 birds in 62 farms

The Federal Government says it destroyed over 329,000 birds across 62 farms across the country, following outbreak of bird flu in some states.

Nigerian experienced an outbreak of the disease in January, after the last outbreak in 2019.

Recall  that that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had reported outbreak of bird flu in seven states across the country.

The Chief Veterinary Officer of the Federations and Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Adeniran Alabi, said the ministry has confirmed the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Nasarawa local government area of Kano State.

He said, “We encourage other farmers to put in place the strictest bio-security measures that can prevent the spread of the disease from coming into their farms.

“Based on the recent epidemiological studies we conducted, we discovered that there are certain species of birds that are responsible for sustaining the disease in the environment and they are the wild birds and the ducks.

“They have the virus but don’t show the clinical disease and when you go to the live birds’ markets, you see a lot of mix-up between the wild birds, ducks, and poultry. We have encouraged the states to separate the ducks and wild birds markets from poultry”.

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