Bird flu outbreak reported in Nigeria

29-07-2008 | |

In the first discovery in almost 10 months, H5N1 bird flu virus had been detected in 2 Nigerian poultry markets, announced the country’s agriculture ministry.

According to agriculture director for the livestock department, Junaidu Maina, the infected chickens and ducks were recently located in the northern cities of Kano and Katsina.
“Immediate actions have already been taken to control the outbreak. The affected farms are being depopulated and disinfected,” said Maina.
The virus, which can spread to humans, was first discovered in Nigeria in February 2006 and infected poultry in 25 states before being contained.
The last Nigerian outbreak was in October 2007.