Bird flu in Nigeria – 9000 birds culled in Kano

Kano State government in northern Nigeria has so far culled 9,000 birds since avian flu reappeared in the state in mid December.

This was confirmed by Dr Shehu Bawa, the Director of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The birds were killed at two poultry farms that had been infected with the disease in the state.

Dr Bawa announced that the ministry was increasing surveillance and disinfection of other farms to check the spread of the disease.

He also urged the Nigeria Government to pay compensation to farmers who lost their birds as this would help prevent the spread of the disease. Farmers are more likely to report outbreaks if know they will receive compensation for any birds that are killed.