1 February, 2007
Attention all American citizens:
The Government of Nigeria has confirmed the first case in Nigeria of a human infected with the H5NI (Avian Flu) virus. The victim died on January 17, 2007, according a statement from the Nigerian Information Minister. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Nigerian government to further investigate the extent of the outbreak.
For information on Avian Influenza and Pandemic Flu preparedness, see www.cdc.gov, www.who.int, and www.pandemicflu.gov. For additional information on avian influenza as it affects American citizens residing abroad, see the U.S. Department of State’s Avian Influenza Fact Sheet at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1181.html.
Due to general security concerns in Nigeria, the consulate advises American citizens in Nigeria to stockpile up to three week’s supply of water, non-perishable food, and medicines, and to have themselves and their families receive flu vaccinations from their health care providers.
For information on travel in Nigeria, see the Department of State's most recent Travel Warning and Consular Information Sheet for Nigeria, which are located on the Department's website at http://travel.state.gov. Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
U.S. Embassy Abuja is located at Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, Abuja; the telephone number is 09-461-4000. The U.S. Consulate Lagos is located at 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos; the telephone number is 01-261-1215. For after-hours emergencies, call 011  (1) 261-1414, 261-0195, 261-0078, 261-0139, or 261-6477.