NIGERIA - There have been a considerable number of new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in central Nigeria recently.
Fifteen new outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of the disease occurred at the end of January.
Nine of these were in the Plateau region, five were in Kano, and one occurred in the Federal capital territory.
The authorities suggested that poor farm biosecurity might be to blame for the spread of the disease.
In total, over 230,000 birds were destroyed to try and prevent this disease spreading. A further 2000 died from the disease.
These birds died in these fifteen outbreaks alone, but avian flu has been decimating poultry producers in the country for some time now.
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