The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said that Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States have confirmed human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 also called “Bird flu.”
The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Tuesday in Abuja, while providing highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria.
NAN reports that Avian Influenza is a strain of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans.
This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds, and can also be passed from person to person. It spreads by airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes).
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.