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May 31, 2006

Nigeria: H5N1 returns to Kano state

Via the People's Daily Online: Nigeria confirms fresh outbreak of bird flu.

The Nigerian Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) on Thursday confirmed another outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm in Kakara village in the northern state of Kano.

Timothy Obi, leader of the Avian Influenza task force team of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) , told reporters that the institute said it had diagnosed samples of dead chickens from the farm and found them to be infected with the deadly H5N1 virus.

An official at the Avian Influenza Crisis Management Center who preferred anonymity also confirmed the outbreak.

"The virus was detected on Monday among the over 16,000 chickens on the farm," he said, adding that 11 samples of the dead chickens from the farm were taken to the NVRI for laboratory analysis which later confirmed the virus.

Malam Mohammed Aminu Adamu, chairman of Kano Branch of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), said that already all birds at Omatiga farm where the outbreak occurred have been culled while the farm had been decontaminated to curtail possible spread.

Posted by dymaxion at May 31, 2006 10:41 PM

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