Bird flu resurfaces in Kano, Nigeria
The deadly H5N1 strain of bird
flu has resurfaced in the city of Kano, northern Nigeria's commercial capital,
according to veterinary officials.
Shehu Bawa, the head of Kano
State's avian flu committee, has stated that in the last two months it has been
confirmed that at least seven poultry farms in the city have been tested
positive for bird flu, resulting in the culling of about 10,000
Katsina and Sokoto,
two northern states, have recorded outbreaks of a disease suspected to be
avian influenza. Laboratory tests are still being conducted at the national
Veterinary Research Institute in central city of Jos for confirmation.
Kano was worst affected by the
bird flu outbreak since the disease was first detected on a farm in Jaji in
According to Nigeria's Department
of Veterinary Research, since the bird flu outbreak began in February last year,
a total of 945,862 birds have been lost, of which 602,160 were culled.
Bawa blamed migratory birds from
Europe for the outbreak in Nigeria, adding that as long as the movement of these
birds was not checked there would be a recurrence every year, although improved
bio-security measures by farmers helped in minimising its spread.
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