Niger government confirms outbreak of avian flu

The outbreak of avian influenza (flu) in a cluster of poultry farms amidst the coronavirus pandemic in the State has been announced by the Niger State Government.

Abubakar Kuta, the Information Officer, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Minna, NAN reports.

Kuta said that poultry in the state were being infected by type A flu.

According to him, thousands of birds in the state, worth millions of naira, had been lost to the flu.

He advised poultry farmers to be vigilant and to report any incident of sudden high mortality of their birds to the ministry.

The Information officer urged farmers to maintain strict farm hygiene, restrict movement of vehicles and people into their farms.

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“We advise that farmers should always disinfect farm premises and utensils to check the transmission of the virus.

“Also, they should avoid the exchange of egg crates and other equipment from other farms.

“The public and livestock marketers are equally advised to minimise contacts with sick and dead birds,” the statement said.

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