Seven Nigerian States Have Been Affected By Bird Flu.
Human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1, also known as “bird flu“, has been reported in seven Nigerian states.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), made the announcement on Tuesday, April 6.
Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Niger states are among those affected. Ihekweazu also stated that, as required by International Health Regulations (IHR), an official notification of the outbreak has been sent to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Humans may be infected by influenza virus strains that are mainly found in birds. Communication with sick birds is the most common way to contract this strain of flu. It’s even possible to transfer it from one person to the next.
Within two to eight days, symptoms appear and may be mistaken for the common flu. Coughing, fever, sore throat, body aches, headaches, and shortness of breath are all possible symptoms.
In humans, the disease has a high mortality rate. Some antiviral drugs can help if taken within two days of onset of symptoms.