Saturday, May 27, 2006

Fresh Outbreak of Bird Flu Confirmed in Nigeria

Nigeria’s agriculture ministry has confirmed a new outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu in the northern state of Kano.  Dead chickens were found to be infected.

Avian Flu Control teams have destroyed more than 16,000 chickens on a farm near Kano, to try to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Nigerian Veterinary Research Institute said Thursday it had tested samples of dead chickens from the farm, and found them to be infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.

Aminu Isa, is a Kano resident, who has been following the bird flu outbreak in the city. He says farmers in the area are reluctant to report bird deaths.

“The problem is, because of the poor compensation, many farmers are even unwilling to report the outbreak of the virus on their farms,” he said.  “Because they believe, if they keep quiet, and decide to kill them and sell them, they will make more money. So, even the farmers want to play things down.”

Avian influenza article source

Posted by john T. on 05/27 at 06:20 AM
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