Suspected Bird flu outbreak in Kano, Kaduna, Benue, four other states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has detected cases of Avian Influenza H5N1, also called “Bird flu”.
in Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states, Checkout Magazine learnt.

NCDC Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, announced this on Tuesday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, while giving highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria.

NAN reports that Avian Influenza has strains of the influenza virus that primarily infects birds but can also infect humans.

The NCDC boss said official notification about the outbreak had been conveyed to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as required by the International Health Regulations (IHR).

Also, the national multi-agency cholera Technical Working Group (TWG) at the NCDC is monitoring the situation in eight states where there are reports of suspected cholera cases.

Dr. Ihekweazu SAID this yesterday in an interview with NAN in Abuja while giving an update for cholera cases in the country.

The NCDC boss said as at March, Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto and Nasarawa states had reported suspected cholera cases.

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