FG raises alarm over outbreak of deadly animal disease in Niger Republic

FG raises alarm over outbreak of deadly animal disease in Niger Republic

- The Federal Government has warned against an outbreak of a deadly animal disease in Niger Republic

- The chief veterinary officer of the federation, Oniya Alabi, said the disease - Anthrax - is a deadly zoonotic disease

- Alabi called for strict surveillance considering the movement of animals and their products across Niger and Nigeria

The Nigerian government has warned citizens against a recent outbreak of a deadly animal disease in Niger Republic.

The Federal Government in a statement signed by the chief veterinary officer of the federation, Oniya Alabi, said the disease - Anthrax - is a deadly zoonotic disease.

Alabi also said that the disease has a high rate of mortality in humans once contracted.

“The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have put its veterinary officers on alert over the outbreak of Anthrax Disease in neighboring Niger Republic," Alabi said.

Alabi called for strict surveillance considering the movement of animals and their products across Niger and Nigeria.

“Considering the mass movement of animals and products across Niger and Nigeria, it is important to enhance and strengthen the surveillance systems in all entry points in the border communities," Alabi added.

He also appealed for adequate measures to prevent the incursion of the disease into Nigeria.

Also reacting, the Nigeran Customs Service has sent signals to all its zonal and regional offices across Nigeria on the outbreak of the disease in Niger Republic.

A memo dispatched by the comptroller of enforcement, Victor Dimka, said the alert was issued to curb any penetration and spread of the deadly disease in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) warned against the circulation of fake Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccine circulating in Bangladesh.

NAFDAC said the vaccine is being packaged as the falsified Dukoral vaccine with texts displayed in English and French language.

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