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Stop eating ‘pomo’, Nigerian Government decries over outbreak of Anthrax disease

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) on Monday raised an alarm over the outbreak of a disease known as Anthrax which is in the West African sub-region and urged Nigerians to stop eating ‘pomo’ for now. THE GUARDIAN reports.Information Guide Nigeria

The FG through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) alerted Nigerians that Anthrax is in some neighbouring countries within West Africa, specifically, Northern Ghana bordering Burkina Faso and Togo.
The FMARD Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe in an official statement explained that Anthrax which has claimed some lives is a bacterial disease that affects both animals and man which in turn makes it a zoonotic disease.

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“Anthrax spores are naturally found in the soil and commonly affect domestic and Wild Animals,” Umakhihe disclosed in the statement.

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According to him, people can get infected with anthrax spores if they come in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.JAMB Result

However, Umakhihe said that anthrax is not a contagious disease and as a result, one cannot get it by coming in close contact with an infected person.

“Signs of anthrax are flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, muscle aches and if not diagnosed and treated early, lead to pneumonia, severe lung problems, difficulty in breathing, shock and death,” he added.

Umakhihe said that anthrax being a bacterial disease can respond to treatment with antibiotics and supportive therapy.

He further stated that i is primarily a disease of animals but because of man’s closeness to animals, non vaccinated animals with anthrax can easily be transmitted to man through the inhalation of anthrax spores or consumption of contaminated/infected animal products, such as hides and skin, meat or milk.

Umakhihe disclosed that annual vaccinations with anthrax spore vaccines are available at National Veterinary Research Institute Vom, Plateau State and is the cheapest and easiest means of prevention and control of the disease in animals.NYSC Portal

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“However, infected animals cannot be vaccinated but animals at risk can be vaccinated,” he chipped in.

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Essien, Goodnews is a gruaduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo; Currently working at Infoguide Media as a news writer.

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