H5N1 avian influenza has been detected in seven of the 36 states in the African country of Nigeria, according to a This Day Live report.

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Ogun, Delta, Rivers, Edo, Lagos, Kano and Plateau states have reported the H5N1 avian flu virus.

Government officials say there is not an avian flu epidemic. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. AKinwumi Adesina said that a total of 140,390 birds have been associated with H5N1 virus bird flu exposures, while 22, 573, which represents 16 per cent mortality was recorded.

To date, 21 commercial farms, 9 live bird markets and one private zoo have been affected in the seven states.

The first notification by Nigeria to the OIE concerning H5N1 avian influenza was on Jan. 9.