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Bird flu in Nigeria is more widespread than thought

In the last several weeks, Bala Mohammed, Veterinary Association spokesman, says that more states have reported new cases of bird flu.

According to experts, a fresh outbreak of avian influenza in Nigeria is more widespread than thought, provoking fears of long-term risks.

The Nigerian Veterinary Association says the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu remains a major problem in Nigeria and warns that the country risks triggering an even bigger round of infection.

"What we considered a resurgence is becoming alarming. From an initial three, then 10 states, almost all the states have been having a recurrence," he said. "That is a very serious challenge and it also calls for a review of the entire process that we adopted. In the last month, we've heard about Delta State, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River and a lot of cases in Lagos."

 

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