The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has confirmed that seven states, Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger have reported human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1, also known as “Bird flu”.
The Director General, NCDC
Dr.Chikwe Ihekweazu, who announced in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, while giving highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria explained that the national multi-agency cholera Technical Working Group (TWG) at the NCDC is monitoring situation in eight states where there are reports of suspected cholera cases.
The NCDC boss said as at March, Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto and Nasarawa states had reported suspected cholera cases with a total of 1,746 suspected cases, including 50 deaths.
According to reports, Avian Influenza has strains of the influenza virus that primarily infects birds but can also infect humans by contact with sick birds, and can be passed from person to person as It spreads by airborne respiratory droplets.