BY MAYOWA SAMUEL
The Lagos State Government has confirmed the discovery of anthrax disease in six animals across the state.
Disclosing this on Sunday, Olatokunbo Emokpae, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, said the cases were discovered during surveillance of animals on Lagos Island and Agege.
Emokpae said the animals have been confiscated, burnt and buried, to prevent the spread of the disease.
She said no case of human infection has either been identified or reported since the discovery of anthrax disease in Lagos.
The Permanent Secretary added that 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,” the statement read.
Anthrax is an infection caused by the spore-forming bacteria, Bacillus anthracis.
It typically affects ruminants such as cows, sheep and goats.
It is a zoonotic disease — transmissible from contaminated animals to humans.
Humans can get infected if they handle or are involved in the slaughter of a sick animal, or are in contact with contaminated animal products.