12 Nigerian States Hit by Bird Flu Virus; Kaduna Joins the List



A case of bird flu has been reported in Kaduna state, making the list of affected Nigerian states 12, the state government on Friday says.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Thot, said a poultry farm in Mando area of Kaduna, the state capital, has been hit by the virus.

Speaking at a news briefing in Kaduna, he said the government had taken measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

He urged the general public not to entertain any fear, saying that all technical staff of the ministry had been put on alert.

The commissioner directed poultry farmers to report ``sudden and unprecedented death of birds'' on their farms for appropriate action.

He added that all the birds at the affected farm had been culled.

Other states hit by the virus are Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Plateau, Gombe, Imo, Oyo and Jigawa states.

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