By Abba Gwale

Bauchi State Government has killed about 27,000 birds to curtail the spread of Bird flu in the State.

The Chairman, Technical Committee on the Control of Avian Influenza, Alhaji Samaila Burga, said the Bird Flu, also known as Avian Influenza, broke out in two Local Government Areas, Bauchi and Toro.

Burga told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that nine poultry farms were affected by the outbreak in the two local government areas of the state.

He said that 27,000 birds were killed in one of the poultry farms to stop its spread across the state.

He said, “The birds were depopulated to prevent other birds from contracting the deadly disease.

“The committee was constituted by the state government as part of efforts to stop the spread of bird flu, which had spread to two local government in the states,”

Burga, who is also the current Commissioner for Agriculture and rural Development, said 130 veterinary doctors have been deployed to all the 20 local government areas for surveillance.

However, he said the state government would embark on sensitisation of various stakeholders to educate them on how to detect any live bird infected with the disease.

He called on poultry owners to strictly adhere to guidelines on setting up of poultry and protection against the birds deadly diseases adding that the state government is commited to tackling the menace and resurgence of such influenza virus.

Meanwhile, he warned people to avoid eating affected birds.

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