Twelve New H5N1 Flu Outbreaks in Nigerian Poultry

NIGERIA - A further 12 poultry flocks with a total of more than 40,000 birds have been hit by the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus.
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According to Follow-up Report No.4 dated 19 February, the veterinary authority in Nigeria has reported 12 new outbreaks of high-path avian flu to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Starting between 5 and 8 February, a total of 40,234 birds have been affected, with 1,236 deaths and the rest have been destroyed.

Three of the outbreaks were isolated - in the states of Kano, Bauchi and Plateau, in one layer flock and the others were backyard flocks.

The other outbreaks were in a cluster in the city of Kano in northern Nigeria. Altogether, 35,669 birds - layers between 25 and 44 weeks of age - were affected; 551 of them died and the rest were destroyed.

The presence of the H5N1 subtype of the virus has been confirmed.

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