Sokoto State government has started the disinfection of poultry farms and has revived diseases reporting desks to tackle a possible spread of bird flu to the state.
Commissioner for Animal Health and Fisheries Development, Prof. Abdulkadir Junaidu, made the declaration in Sokoto on Wednesday when he spoke with newsmen.
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Junaidu said while no case of bird flu had been reported in the state, reports reaching it from across the country and from neighbouring states necessitated the steps taken.
“Twenty-seven states and 85 local government areas are already affected across the federation in 382 outbreaks leading to the destruction of 1.8 million birds.
“Bird flu is a disease of public importance with serious economic implications,’’ he said.