There has been outbreak of bird flu in seven states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) according to the Federal Government on Friday.
The Federal Government alerted the public to the outbreak of Avian Influenza or Birdflu in the FCT and seven states.
The Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, gave the information at a meeting with state Commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja on Friday.
The states affected according to, Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, include Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and Kaduna.
It should also be noted that a case of Birdflu was reported from Kaduna in May 30.
He said that the disease had spread across 26 states of the federation and the FCT since it started in 2008 affecting 800 farms in no fewer than 123 local government areas.
Mshelbwala, who said that there were no scientifically proven vaccines for birdflu, noted that the Federal Government was 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 was the major reason for the continuous spread of the disease.
According to Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, the Federal Government has paid over N674 million in compensations to 269 farmers across the affected states.
“Our national action plan encourages proper regulation of the poultry industry and enforcement of annual registration of all actors along the poultry value chain including farmers, traders, egg merchants and feed millers.
“It also encourages the creation of veterinary extension services to facilitate the control and proper inspection of poultry and poultry products,’’ he concluded.