The Niger State Government has reported the flare-up of avian flu (influenza) in a group of poultry ranches in the midst of the Covid pandemic in the State.
The Data Official, Service of Animals and Fisheries, Mr Abubakar Kuta, expressed this in an assertion made accessible to newsmen on Thursday in Minna, NAN reports.
Kuta said that poultry in the state were being infected by type A flu.
According to him, thousands of birds in the state, worth millions of naira, had been lost to the flu.
He advised poultry farmers to be vigilant and to report any incident of sudden high mortality of their birds to the ministry.
The Information officer urged farmers to maintain strict farm hygiene, restrict the movement of vehicles and people into their farms.
“We advise that farmers should always disinfect farm premises and utensils to check the transmission of the virus.
“Also, they should avoid the exchange of egg crates and other equipment from other farms.
“The public and livestock marketers are equally advised to minimize contacts with sick and dead birds,”
The statement said.
Review that the Philippines likewise recorded an episode of avian influenza in a northern region in Spring.
This was after tests showed the presence of the exceptionally irresistible H5N6 subtype in a quail ranch.