Nigeria Centre For Disease Control Rubbishes Coronavirus Spread Through Broiler Chickens Viral Rumour
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has debunked a viral rumour being shared on social media insisting that Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) can be spread through broiler chickens.
The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, said the centre was aware of the rumour and emphasised that the information was completely false.
"The public is advised to disregard this rumour and discourage further spread.
"Scientists are working on identifying the animal source of this new virus.
"Currently, there is no known link between the virus and broiler chickens,"
He further advised Nigerians that for accurate information on COVID-19 or disease outbreaks in Nigeria, they should visit: www.ncdc.gov
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.ng call the NCDC Toll-free Number: 0800-970000-10; or reach out via other platforms made available to the general public via SMS: 08099555577; or WhatsApp: 07087110839,"
He further reiterated that to reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus, Nigerians should adhere to the following measures:
*Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.
*Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing or coughing.
*You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.
*Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
* Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
He concluded his advisory by saying: "As the situation is evolving, this advisory will be updated as more information becomes available,"