First Case Of Bird Flu Confirmed In Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Orji Uchenna, has confirmed the detection of the first case of Avian Influenza (bird flu) infection in the state.

Uchenna said in Abakaliki that the virus was detected in a poultry farm at Ugwuachara area of the state capital.

He stated that officials of the state veterinary services took a sample at the poultry where birds died to a research institute in Jos, where it was confirmed that they died from the H5NI strains of the Avian Influenza.

The commissioner, therefore, directed the veterinary department of the ministry to isolate the farm and take inventory of all poultry and ancillary farms in the state, while sustaining enlightenment on the influenza.

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