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FG alerts farmers of bird flu outbreak

The Federal Government on Thursday said there was a resurgence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in the country. Director, Veterinary and Pest Control Services,…

The Federal Government on Thursday said there was a resurgence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in the country.

Director, Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in a statement, cited a report from the National Veterinary Research Institute in Vom, Plateau State, received on January 29.

He said all the necessary surveillance mechanisms had been activated across the 36 states.

“The outbreak occurred in two backyard poultry farms of multiples species (ostriches, geese, turkeys, layers and peacocks) in Kano state. Additionally, within a space of one week, outbreaks have been confirmed in two commercial farms in the state and another in Jos, Plateau State, thus indicating that the disease is rapidly spreading to other states.”