Nigeria bird flu now in 7 states, suspected in 140,000 birds – Minister

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ABUJA (Reuters) – An outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in has spread to 21 commercial farms in seven different states, with more than 140,000 birds having been exposed to the virus, the agriculture minister said Thursday.

Authorities said the deadly virus had arrived in Lagos, in the southwest, and Kano, in the north, last
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Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina said it had now spread to five states across the country: Ogun, Delta, Rivers, Edo and Plateau.

Around 100,000 of the birds exposed were in Kano, Adesina said.

“All the farms have been quarantined and decontaminated. locations in Ikorodu, Ojo and Lagos Mainland have already been quarantined, while awaiting confirmation,” he said.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]

will successfully control the bird flu outbreak. We have successfully controlled it in the past,” he added.

Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy was the continent’s first country to detect bird flu in 2006, when chicken farms were found to have the H5N1 strain. In 2007, it reported its first human from the disease.

H5N1 bird flu first infected humans in 1997 in Hong Kong. It has since spread from Asia to Europe and Africa and has become entrenched in poultry in some countries, causing millions of poultry and several hundred human deaths.