The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has mentioned that Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states have reported confirmed human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1, also called “Bird flu”.

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

made mention that Avian Influenza has strains of the influenza virus that primarily infects birds but can also infect humans and it is said that it is most often contracted by contact with sick birds, and transferred from person to person. It spreads by airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes).

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