The Desk Officer, Avian Influenza, Department of Animal Health in the Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Francis Kambai, confirmed the case.Speaking at the farm, Dr. Kambai put the number of affected birds at over 7, 000 and said officials in the ministry are working hard to curtail the spread of the virus.“We received a complaint from the owner of the affected farm on February 28, 2015, so we quickly moved to the farm the next day and took samples which we sent to the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom. We got the confirmation on Tuesday and we moved to the farm today (Thursday) to depopulate it by killing the birds. We sprayed the farm with chemicals and buried the birds to avoid further contamination,” he said.He advised Kaduna residents to report any suspicious case of Bird Flu as soon as possible to prevent unnecessary spread. Owner of the farm, Mrs. Paulina Okoye said she has been into poultry business for the past 25 years.She called on the government to compensate her and other farmers affected.
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