On Friday, June 2, 2017 the federal government warned Nigerians about the new outbreak of bird flu in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and seven other states of the country.
The director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gideon Mshelbwala, listed the affected states which include: Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and Kaduna, which reported a case on May 30.
Below are some ways to avoid it and manage the situation:
1. Avoid birds that appear ill or dead.
2. Cook poultry food thoroughly until the juice are clear with a minimum internal temperature of 74 degrees (165 F). Heat kills avian viruses.
3. Wash your hands with alcohol based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 per cent alcohol especially after contact with poultry foods.
4. Avoid small rural area farms and open air market especially places where live poultry are raised, kept or sold.
5. Get influenza vaccine where available. A vaccine shot will help reduce the risk of simultaneous infection with bird and human flu viruses.
6. Steer clear of raw eggs, avoid food containing raw or under-cooked eggs because eggshells are often contaminated with bird droppings.
7. Avoid cross-contamination of utensils and surfaces which have come in contact with raw poultry or poultry droppings.
8. Avoid close contact with family members diagnosed or who have been or suspected to be exposed to avian influenza viruses.
9. Report health-related cases or any flu-like symptoms.
Report to the following numbers:
Avian Influenza Crisis Management Centre
United Nations Children’s Fund-UNICEF
2 Cassandra Street, Maitama, Abuja
Contact: Mrs. Ayo Adesugba firstname.lastname@example.org - 08055122485
Barr. Georgina Ehuriah email@example.com
Contact: Dr. Junaid Maina firstname.lastname@example.org - 08037044433
Mohammed Saidu - (World Bank Component Coordinator) 08033139365
Following the recent bird flu outbreak, the federal government has alerted Nigerians on the states were the virus is presently.
Mshelbwala at a meeting with state commissioners of agriculture in Abuja on Friday, June 2, said to contain the spread of the disease across more state, there must be a ban on the importation of poultry and products.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,114 people have died in 22 weeks of meningitis outbreak in Nigeria which hit the country in November 2016.
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NAIJ.com gathered that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control stated the outbreak which has been ravaging the country for 22 weeks has affected four additional local government areas bringing the total affected local governments to 226 compared to what was obtainable last month.
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