Fresh outbreak of bird flu in 7 states, FCT

Nigerian government on Friday disclosed that a fresh outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) has been recorded in the Federal capital territory (FCT) and seven other states.

Director of veterinary and pest control services, federal ministry of agriculture and rural development, Gideon Mshelbwala, made this known at a meeting with state commissioners of agriculture in Abuja.

The states where the outbreak has been recorded are Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and Kaduna, which reported a case in May 30.

Since the disease broke out in 2008 in Nigeria, it had spread across 26 states and the FCT, affecting 800 farms in at least 123 local government areas. He said the federal government had paid over N674 million in compensation to 269 farmers across the affected states.

Mshelbwala said that there were no scientifically proven vaccines for bird flu. The federal government had adopted quarantine, movement control, stamping out, decontamination and bio-security measures to curb the spread.

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