Deadly Bird Flu Virus Spreads in Remote Nigerian State

The remote state, Taraba, in eastern Nigeria, has reported the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. Officials in Nigeria say the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread to another state, bringing the total number of states now affected by the virus to 14.

Nigeria, the first African country to be hit by bird flu, has not reported any human cases, although experts warn that due to ineffective surveillance, cases may have gone undetected.

Bird flu virus has now been reported in 14 of Nigeria’s 36 states and in the Federal Capital Territory. The most recent state was Lagos in April.

link [www.voanews.com/english/2006-07-01-voa14.cfm]

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