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Government alerts on outbreak of bird flu in seven states, FCT


The Federal Government yesterday alerted the public on the outbreak of Avian Influenza or bird flu in the federal capital territory (FCT) and seven states of the country.

Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gideon Mshelbwala, who raised the alert at a meeting with state commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja, yesterday, listed the affected states as Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and Kaduna, which reported a case on May 30.

He said the disease had spread across 26 states of the federation and the FCT since it started in 2008, affecting 800 farms in no fewer than 123 councils.


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

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