Via Reuters, the kind of story that can spoil your morning: UN bird flu experts discouraged from visiting Nigerian farms.
Authorities in the northern Nigerian state of Kano, where deadly bird flu is decimating chickens and endangering people, have discouraged U.N. experts from visiting poultry farms, one of them said.
Two experts from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have arrived in the capital of the state, where the deadly H5N1 strain was confirmed on Feb. 8 on two farms and more than 30 other farms are reporting mass poultry deaths.
"They (the Kano state authorities) said it was not feasible in terms of biosecurity," said Boubacar Seck, coordinator of the FAO West African Regional Project on Avian Influenza.
"I have my own protective suit and so do the members of the team ... but they said they didn't have enough for everybody," he told Reuters.
Shehu Bawa, head of the state monitoring committee on bird flu, said he did not know why the experts should not visit farms, while Ahmed Yusuf, permanent secretary in the state Agriculture Ministry declined to comment.