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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bird flu virus rises in Plateau State

The Avian Influenza (bird flu virus) has risen in Plateau State, spreading from the hitherto nine infected farms to 17, whereas estimated 58,000 birds have been depopulated, according to government sources, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The depopulation, ChannelTv News monitored by NaijaAgroNet reports, was carried out by the Avian Influenza Control Unit Department of the Ministry of Agriculture in the state.

Updating newsmen on the influenza, Tuesday, the Desk Officer of the project unit, Ayuba Haruna, said that four local government areas comprising Jos East, Jos North, Jos South and Bassa, all in the northern zone of the state, were affected in latest attack of the bird flu virus.

The monitoring teams, Haruna said, were still on the field in search of affected farms for depopulation of birds as well as fumigation of the premises in efforts to reduce the spread.

It was also gathered that on January 20, the Director of Veterinary Services, Plateau State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Doris Bitrus, confirmed the resurgence of avian influenza.
The affected firms, Dr. Bitrus said, had been depopulated and decontaminated to forestall the spread of the disease to other farms in the state.

The fresh cases of the disease were first reported to the Ministry on January 8, 2016, which prompted the Ministry to embark on inspection of the affected farms, as well as sensitisation of poultry farmers on steps to take on noticing symptoms of the disease.

Isaac Oyimah with additional report from Channels Tv/GEE

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