Bird flu is back and you need to take proper caution.

The Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gideon Mshelbwala, said this at a meeting with state Commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja on Friday.

Dr. Mshelbwala listed the states affected by the outbreak to include Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and lastly Kaduna, which reported a case on May 30.

He said the disease has spread across 26 states of the federation and the FCT since it was first recorded in 2008.

It has affected 800 farms in no fewer than 123 local government areas.

Mshelbwala, who said that there were no scientifically proven vaccines for bird flu, noted that the Federal Government is adopting quarantine, movement control, stamping out, decontamination and bio-security measures to curb the spread.

The director expressed regret over the poor bio-security practices by some poultry farmers, adding that it is the major reason for the continuous spread of the disease.