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No bird flu in humans, says FMOH

The concern comes because the virus, though adapted to birds, can mutate and transmit to humans, sickening scores of people.The latest outbreak confirmed on January…

The concern comes because the virus, though adapted to birds, can mutate and transmit to humans, sickening scores of people.
The latest outbreak confirmed on January 16 this year on two commercial poultry farms and a live bird market in Kano and Lagos killed thousands of birds and prompted the culling of thousand more in farms in most affected states.
Further outbreaks have been reported in 16 other states.
But Health Minister Khaliru Alhassan said human samples from 20 affected locations have not shown any infection in humans.
Meanwhile, a disease surveillance system has been put on “high alert” for persons exposed to the virus and live birds on farms, said Alhassan.
Plans for a response to bird flu are set to be released soon and would include stronger collaboration with the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The ministry said Monday meat from poultry remained “safe to eat” so long as it was well cooked.
“The public is advised to avoid eating sick or dead birds as well as to avoid unnecessary exposure to poultry facilities,” he said.
But he warned that eggs and other products from poultry be handled with “extreme caution.”
He also urged “adequate personal hygiene and regular handwashing to prevent infectious diseases.”

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