OUTBREAK OF BIRD FLU IN 7 STATES AND ABUJA


OUTBREAK OF BIRD FLU IN 7 STATES AND ABUJA

Postby femtouch » 2017-06-03 18:10

The Federal Government on Friday, June 2, 2017 confirmed the outbreak of Avian Influenza also known as Bird flu in seven (7) states and the FCT.

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The outbreak confirmation was announced by Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Dr Mshelbwala raised the alert at a meeting with state Commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja on Friday.

Mshelbwala listed the states affected by the outbreak to include Bauchi, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and lastly Kaduna, which reported a case in May 30, 2017.

Mshelbwala, who said that there were no scientifically proven vaccines for birdflu, noted that the Federal Government was adopting quarantine, movement control, stamping out, decontamination and bio-security measures to curb the spread.

The director expressed regret over the poor bio-security practices by some poultry farmers, adding that it was the major reason for the continuous spread of the disease.

Mshelbwala said that the way forward to the containment of the disease was to ban importation of poultry and products, quarantine and bio-security measures, among others.

He, however, warned poultry farmers against illegal vaccination of birds, saying that it was a deadly alternative to the control of the disease.
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