Bird Flu Hits 26 Nigerian States, Federal Capital Territory

​The Minister of Health and

Rural Development, Chief Audu

Ogbe, has disclosed that a new

strain of Avian Influenza virus,

also known as bird flu, has

entered the country and has

spread to 26 states and Abuja, the

Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

He also revealed that over 3.5

million birds have been

affected.
He noted that neighbouring

countries have proposed a ban

on poultry and poultry products

from Nigeria in order to

prevent the disease from

entering the country.

He disclosed this in Abuja

yesterday at a consultative

meeting with commissioners for

agriculture/livestock, states

directors of veterinary services

and major stakeholders in the

poultry industry.

According to him, the first

outbreak of bird flu in the

country was reported in 2006

and spanned through 2008, but

was controlled and eradicated

through concerted efforts

facilitated by the availability of

resources from a World Bank-

sponsored project and support

from the country’s

development partners.

The minister said, “Almost a

decade later, precisely in

December 2014, the disease

reoccurred in a commercial

poultry farm and a live bird

market in Kano and Lagos

states, respectively. 
The current status of the disease in the country is quite alarming; it has

now affected 26 states and the

FCT, with over 3.5 million birds

culled so far.

“Recently, a new strain of the

bird flu virus (H5N8) was

reported in Kano. The new

strain is believed to be very

pathogenic and more

devastating to poultry species

and, therefore, it may further

add to the burden of the H5N1

strain that is currently

circulating in the country.

“The disease is transboundary

in nature and also trade-

limiting; some of our

neighbouring countries have

proposed to ban poultry and

poultry products from Nigeria.

This may undesirably lead to

an egg glut in the country.”

“The Federal Government is

determined to continue to work

with state governments, PAN

and other stakeholders in the

poultry industry to come up

with sustainable measures to

prevent, control and eradicate

this disease from our country

within the shortest time

possible. This is the major

reason for our meeting here

today.

“But I want to assure you that

we are looking for money and

we will pay the compensation”,he said. 

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