30 New Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported in Nigeria

24 June 2015, at 12:00am

NIGERIA - There have been 30 new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Nigeria.

The outbreaks were of the H5N1 serotype.

There were 1409 cases in all, and all the infected birds died from the disease. The remaining 60,711 susceptible birds on the infected farms were destroyed to prevent the disease spreading.

Most of the outbreaks occurred in laying hens, with only one outbreak affecting broilers.

The source of the outbreak is unknown, but the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) observed that there had been poor biosecurity measures on the infected farms. Quarantines, movement controls, and disinfection measures have been implemented.

The outbreaks occurred in the plateau region, in the centre of the country.

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