Disease

Bird Flu – Nigeria

A new strain of Avian Influenza virus, popularly known as bird flu, has entered Nigeria and spread to 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with over 3.5 million birds affected, the Federal Government has said. The new strain (H5N8) is believed to be very pathogenic and more devastating to poultry species and, therefore, it may further add to the burden of the already existing H5N1 strain that is currently circulating in the country.

According to the government, in a bid to prevent the entry of the disease into their respective countries, Nigeria’s neighbours have proposed a ban on poultry and poultry products from Nigeria.

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