Bauchi State Government on Sunday said that it has recorded outbreak of three types of animals and birds diseases in the last six months in some parts of the state.
Dr Bala Lukshi the Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said this in Bauchi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“We recorded what is called Equine influenza a viral disease, but this species is specific, because every species of animal has its own influenza.
“We have Ivan influenza which was recorded in 2006 in Nigeria then after which other countries recorded swine influenza for pigs.
“But this year, for the first time we recorded Equine Influenza in six states in Nigeria and Bauchi State happened to be one of the affected states,” Lukshi said.
“We first recorded the disease in Gamawa Local Government and from all indications the disease came through Niger Republic.
“In Gamawa we have livestock market where horses and donkeys are being sold and we believe is the route where this disease came to our state.
“Other affected areas are along the border line with Niger Republic, but we were able to tackle it,” he said.