Bird flu kills several birds as it hits Plateau State

Bird flu hits Plateau, kills several birds

Several birds in different poultry farms have died in Plateau State following a fresh outbreak of Avian Influenza otherwise known as bird flu in the state The Director and Chief Veterinary Officer in the state, Dr Sipak Dawat Shaseet confirmed the development on Friday.

The Director who refused to give the number of deaths so far recorded, however, said that the outbreak has affected four farms in Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of the state.

Shaseet said, “When we started noticing deaths of some birds, we suspected some farms and visited them last week.

“Some samples were taken and sent to the National Veterinary Research Institute in Vom and just two days ago (Wednesday), we received the results which turned out to be positive for Avian influenza. So far, four farms have been affected; Three in Jos North and One in Jos South.”

In a message he circulated to the poultry farmers and other stakeholders in the state to alert them of the development, the Director assured that efforts were being made to stop the virus from spreading to other council areas of the state.

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