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Bird Flu Spreads to Rivers State

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birdfluJust last week, BN brought you the news that Bird Flu had emerged in Kano and Lagos states respectively (click here if you missed it).

And now, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) is reporting that it has spread to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Rivers Government said on Tuesday that it had killed hundreds of fowls infected by the Avian Flu in a privately owned farm in Port Harcourt.

Emma Chinda, the Commissioner for Agriculture, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the farm had been quarantined and decontaminated.

He also said no human infection had been recorded.

“On Jan. 14, we got a report from a farm that was worrisome. The report we got suggested that the farm may have been infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza.

According to the commissioner, samples of the flu were taken to the Veterinary Research Institute in Vom, Plateau State.

“The result came out on Jan. 17 and it read positive of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza.

“On the basis of that, we had to take necessary steps. Apart from quarantining the farm, we had to depopulate the birds in the farm to stop further spread.

“Thereafter, we decontaminated the farm. We are containing the situation because officials of government and experts are on ground monitoring the situation,’’ he added.

Chinda said there was no need to panic because the government was well equipped to handle the situation.

He said before the outbreak, they received information from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on Avian Influenza in Kano and a bird market in Lagos.

“We were very much on alert and when it happened here, we handled the situation,’’ he said.

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6 Comments

  1. rocky

    January 20, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Haba, Bird Flu AGAIN… Rivers State AGAIN?

  2. @edDREAMZ

    January 20, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Since all our goverment thoughts and energy are on election, be expecting stuff like this…… Neglegence…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  3. eyejee

    January 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Is it just me or does anyone else notice how the bird flu is affecting APC states?

    • thatikwerrebab2

      January 21, 2015 at 8:16 am

      You took straight from my mouth.

      Btw I stay in Ph and I love chicken so Bird flu better respect yourself

  4. Ib

    January 21, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Tamuno!

  5. Ada Ada

    January 21, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Avian flu again? Is there no end to all these viruses? By the way, first Kano, then Lagos, now Rivers………………hmmmmmm………….even though it’s a bird flu, I smell a fish. Anyway, I’ll be watching from the periphery.

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