Lagos state government has announced that six animals in the state have been confirmed to have anthrax disease which affects ruminants such as cows, sheep, and goats.
Olatokunbo Emokpae, the permanent secretary of the state’s ministry of agriculture who made the announcement, said the cases were discovered during surveillance of animals on Lagos Island and Agege. The animals have been confiscated, burnt and buried, to prevent the spread of the disease.
While there’s been no case of human infection has either been identified or reported since the discovery of anthrax disease in Lagos, human and animal surveillance have been stepped up and free vaccination has been intensified.
“Animal owners should take advantage of the exercise by coming forward with their herd for inoculation.
“Please report cases of symptoms in animals to the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Director of Veterinary Services via telephone on 08023427594, 08180703010 or contact the Veterinary Epidemiologist on 08023328244.”