Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has moved in to tackle the outbreak of Avian Influenza virus known to affect the poultry industry, which currently has been identified as a health threat to humans.
NCDC has reportedly visited health facilities around affected farms and live bird markets, to review patients health as regards the current outbreak of the Virus.
Samples have been collected from patients in five hotspot zones in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, Plateau, with Influenza like illnesses or Severe Acute Respiratory Illnesses to be tested.
Outbreaks of some avian influenza A viruses in poultry have been associated with illness and death in people in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific, and the near East.
More updates on the outbreak will be communicated as soon as NCDC reveal their findings from samples collected.