Bird Flu Hits Plateau, Kills 3,900 Birds
Two farms in Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas have been seriously affected by the outbreak of Bird flu also known as Avian Influenza in Plateau State.
At least 3,900 birds have died from the disease, according to Dr Spak Shaset, the Chief Veterinary Officer of the State.
"In January, when we heard of an outbreak of the dreaded disease in some part of Bauchi state, we knew Plateau was at risk.
“I immediately summoned our divisional health officers in the 17 councils, and in less than 72 hours after we met, report got to us of suspected cases in some farms in the state.
“We immediately swung into action and took sample from the farms to our labs and it was confirmed it wa bird flu.
“Without hesitation, we went and depopulated the farms to avoid further spread of the disease to other farms.
“More than 3,900 birds were destroyed; 2,900 from the farm in Jos South and 1,000 in the farm in Jos North,” he said.
Shaset said the two farms were decontaminated, disinfected and quarantined to avoid further spread to nearby farms and have other poultry farmers incur loses.
The official said the government had taken positive and stringent steps to avert the further spread of the disease to other areas of the state, which if left unattended to, could also transmit into human beings, which according to him, could be very disastrous.
He advised Plateau residents to avoid the sale, slaughtering and consumption of sick and dead birds to avoid being infected.
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