ABUJA, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- A bird flu outbreak hit at least six
farms in Nigeria's central state of Plateau, killing at least
11,000 birds last week, said a statement by the Poultry Association
of Nigeria (PAN) on Monday.
"Farmers in Plateau (state) are really going through tough times
because of the resurgence of bird flu in the last one week," the
The bird flu, also known as avian flu, is influenza that spreads
among birds and can affect humans.
The spread could lead to the catastrophic loss of revenues by
poultry farmers and pose huge risks to consumers of poultry
The statement attributed the fast spread of bird flu in the
state to the hesitation by farmers to report cases in their farms
to the authorities.
At least 130 poultry farmers were affected by the disease in
2015 and 2016 but none of them had been compensated by the
authorities, John Dasar, Plateau State chairman of the local
poultry association told reporters.
Rather than report the cases of bird flu in their farms to the
authorities, he said, the local farmers would prefer to sell their
affected birds to desperate buyers to make quick money.
Nigerian authorities said they are taking the right steps to
curtail the spread of the disease which also has a potential of
causing great losses to the poultry industry and human lives in the
West African country.
On Jan. 25, the Nigerian parliament ordered an investigation
into the recurring bird flu cases in some parts of the country.
At least 80,000 birds were culled in 45 farms following an
outbreak of avian influenza in Nigeria's northwestern state of Kano
in Jan. 2016. Enditem