Bird flu in Nigeria is more widespread than thought

21-12-2006 | |

In the last several weeks, Bala Mohammed, Veterinary Association spokesman, says that more states have reported new cases of bird flu.

According to experts, a fresh outbreak of avian influenza in Nigeria is more widespread than thought, provoking fears of long-term risks.

The Nigerian Veterinary Association says the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu remains a major problem in Nigeria and warns that the country risks triggering an even bigger round of infection.

“What we considered a resurgence is becoming alarming. From an initial three, then 10 states, almost all the states have been having a recurrence,” he said. “That is a very serious challenge and it also calls for a review of the entire process that we adopted. In the last month, we’ve heard about Delta State, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River and a lot of cases in Lagos.”

 

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