The Delta State Government has confirmed an outbreak of Avian Influenza or bird flu in farms across seven local government areas of the state.
Delta State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Julius Egbedi who spoke on Wednesday in Asaba, the state capital said an estimated population of 164,473 birds have died from Avian Flu.
Egbedi said the affected farms were located in Udu, Oshimili South, Ughelli North, Ughelli South, Okpe and Sapele local government areas.
According to him, all samples from the reported farms were sent to the National Veterinary Institute Jos and all were confirmed to be the H5N1 strain of the Avian Influenza.
He said the state government has disinfected the affected farms and forbade the farmers from operating in them for the next three months, adding that efforts were underway to rescue the situation with collaboration from all the local government area chairmen.