Flu kills 3,000 birds in Katsina

A man selling live chickens waits for customers in a local food market in Nigeria’s commercial

Avian Influenza, a.k.a. bird flu , has hit some poultry farms in Katsina leading to the death of over 3,000 birds.
Alhaji Musa Danhassan, the Vice Chairman, Katsina State Poultry Farmers Association, confirmed the outbreak of the disease to Naija247news in a phone chat from Katsina on Friday.
Naija247news also reports that the outbreak of the bird flu occurred at Abukur village in Rimi local government area of the state.
Danhassan said that the farm of one of their members, Alhaji Garba Dalhatu was affected by the outbreak and the last the man lost over 3,000 birds.

He said that specimen from the affected birds have been taken to the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau State, where it was confirmed.

The Vice Chairman disclosed that their association had reported the outbreak to both the state and federal ministries of agriculture about the outbreak of the disease.

NAN investigation revealed that officials from the Department of Veterinary Services of the state Ministry of Agriculture had visited the affected farms where they carried out total elimination of the affected birds.

The investigation further revealed that another backyard farm at Tudun-yanlifidda, belonging to one Hajiya Zainab Muhammad, has also been affected by the bird flu.

The woman poultry farmer lost over 300 birds on Friday morning.

When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Garba Sanda, confirmed the outbreak.