The new strain of Avian Influenza virus, popularly known as bird flu, that was recently discovered in Nigeria has reportedly spread to 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory,

The Federal Government who made the disclosure noted that over 3.5 million birds have been affected.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday at a consultative meeting with commissioners for agriculture/livestock, states directors of veterinary services and major stakeholders in the poultry industry.

According to the government, in a bid to prevent the entry of the disease into their respective countries, Nigeria’s neighbours have proposed a ban on poultry and poultry products from Nigeria.

Author: Yemi Olarinre