Bird Flu returns to Nigeria [DETAILS]

by Emeka Nwankwo

Two days ago, the Kano state Government, through the Directorate of Veterinary Service in the Ministry of Agriculture, confirmed that the dreaded Bird flu disease had returned to the country, with the report of several cases in the state.

It would be recalled that the disease was prevalent in the country between January and September 2015.

During this outbreak, 491 poultry farms were affected in 21 states, which led to the loss of 1.7 million birds. The economic value of last year’s bird flu epidemic cost Nigeria N10 billion.

After Jigawa state advised its residents to take precautionary measures, the government of Anambra state has also followed suit.

In a statement released by Dr Barr Mrs Uju Nwogu, Hon. Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Anambra state, the public was alerted on the return of the disease.

Read the statement below:

The Anambra State Government alerts members of the public about the resurgence of Avian Influenza popularly called Bird Flu in some states across the country. This disease which is usually associated with birds can also be transmitted from bird to man.

Bird Flu can be transmitted through direct contact with infected birds or poultry materials. The Symptoms of the disease include fever, sneezing, cough, diarrhea, trouble breathing, general ill feeling, muscle aches, runny nose and sore throat.

Members of the public are by this announcement advised to observe personal hygiene, and to wash their hands with soap and clean water after contact with birds and poultry product.

They should also ensure that all poultry meat and eggs are thoroughly cooked before eating. All poultry farmers in the state are also advised to clean their surroundings, and to report cases of sick birds to the nearest veterinary clinic.

Similarly all veterinary officers in the state are by this announcement requested to commence surveillance/sensitization visits particularly at Live-bird markets in the state to avoid the contact and spread of the flu.


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