Bird flu outbreak in Nigeria again, hits 7 states already
The Federal Government on Friday alerted the public on the outbreak of Avian Influenza otherwise known as bird flu in the FCT and seven states of the country.
Gideon Mshelbwala, the Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, raised the alert at a meeting with state Commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja on Friday.
Mr. Mshelbwala listed the states affected by the outbreak to include Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and Kaduna, which reported a case on May 30.
He said that the disease had spread across 26 states of the federation and the FCT since it started in 2008 affecting 800 farms in no fewer than 123 local government areas.
Mr. Mshelbwala, who said that there were no scientifically proven vaccines for bird flu, noted that the federal government was adopting quarantine, movement control, stamping out, decontamination and bio-security measures to curb the spread.
He, however, warned poultry farmers against illegal vaccination of birds, saying that it was a deadly alternative to the control of the disease.