An outbreak of avian influenza (Bird Flu) has been confirmed in four poultry farms within parts of Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The veterinary services department in the state confirmed the outbreak after results of tests carried out at the affected farms returned positive for the virus.
Plateau State director and chief veterinary officer, Dr. Sipak Dawat Shaseet told Channels Television that the birds at the affected farms have been destroyed while officers are on field patrol to monitor situations across the affected areas with samples sent to the National Veterinary Research Institute for confirmation.
According to reports from the field officers, there were suspected cases from Kano where egg merchants must have imported the virus through materials such as crates used for the buying and selling of eggs.
It was confirmed that the owner of one of the affected farms has links with egg merchants in kano.
The veterinary officer assured that the department is taking care of the situation and will ensure that the disease is contained as to avoid a spread beyond the four farms affected.