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Ten Farms in Bauchi State, Nigeria, Hit by Avian Flu

6 March 2015, at 12:45am

NIGERIA - Ten farms in one state, Bauchi, in central Nigeria, are currently battling highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Ten poultry farms in Bauchi state were confirmed to have been affected with avian influenza, according to the Ministry of Animal Resources and Nomadic Resettlement.

Leadership reports that the Commissioner overseeing the Ministry, Alhaji Umar Sale Giade, disclosed the outbreak of the birds’ disease popularly known as Bird Flu during a visit to Toro local government area.

Alhaji Umar Sale revealed that so far, three local government areas of Katagum, Bauchi and Toro local government have been infected by the disease.

Seven poultry farms were reportedly affected with the disease in Toro local government area, stressing that 558 birds of various species were affected in the seven farms.

He explained that out of the seven affected farms, 9,208 chickens were killed, saying Toro local government area has the highest population of poultry farms in the state.

The Care-taker Committee Chairman of the Local Government, Alhaji Adamu Umar Danyaro Geji, had earlier while speaking reiterated his council’s determination to partner with Ministry of Animal Resources and Nomadic Resettlement to fight the disease in the area.

Represented by the Head of Administration of the local government, Alhaji Usman Muhammed Mashema, the council chairman commended the state government for its effort towards enlightening poultry farmers on the danger of avian influenza.

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