The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed an outbreak of human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 also called “Bird flu” in seven states of the Federation
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the agency’s Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, while providing highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria
The states affected are: Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Gombe, Nasarawa, and Niger
The Avian Influenza is a strain of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans.
Symptoms begin within two to eight days and are like the common flu. Cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, headache and shortness of breath may occur.