Nigeria's southern state reports bird flu outbreak
At a press conference in Asaba, the capital of Delta on Wednesday, Julius Egbedi, the commissioner for agriculture in the state, said the state government has taken action to curtail the spread of the disease recorded since late June.
"On June 22, we got a call from some poultry farms in Ughelli (a town in the state) on birds dying in their numbers. We dispatched our team of veterinary experts to the farms and they collected samples which we sent for analysis," Egbedi said.
He said result of the analysis confirmed outbreak of the bird flu in the town, and later six local government areas reported cases of the disease.
The bird flu, also known as avian flu, is influenza that spreads among birds and can affect humans. The spread could lead to the catastrophic loss of revenues by poultry farmers and pose huge risks to consumers of poultry products.
Egbedi said the government had sent experts to disinfect the affected farms to further help curtail the spread. ■