Anthrax Disease: Lagos Commences Free Vaccination of Animals

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In an effort to forestall the prevalence of Anthrax disease, the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture has enhanced the surveillance of abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the State.

Anthrax, an infectious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, affects domesticated animals such as cows, pigs, camels, sheep, goats, and wild animals. Human beings who come in contact with infected animals can also get infected with the disease.

According to a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Olatokunbo Emokpae, the vaccination of domesticated animals free of charge will also be conducted alongside the inspection exercise.

Symptoms of the Anthrax disease in infected animals include sudden death, bleeding from natural orifices – mouth, ear, nose, anus and vulva, in female animals. The blood discharge is usually dark and the dead animal will disintegrate quickly.

Members of the public MUST NOT go near or touch animals suspected to have contacted the disease and should immediately report cases of symptoms in animals to the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture Director of Veterinary Services on 08023427594, 08180703010 or to the Veterinary Epidemiologist on 08023328244.

The State Government solicits the cooperation of animal owners as Veterinary Personnel vaccinate animals.

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