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Barely a week that the Ghanaian government confirmed various cases of the zoonotic disease in the country, the Nigeria Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has today confirmed the first case of Anthrax in the country.
The ministry stated that it was “deeply concerned to announce the confirmation of an anthrax case in Niger State, Nigeria." adding that the disease was detected in a farm in Niger State.
The statement reads, “On July 14, 2023, the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria was notified of animals manifesting symptoms of a suspected case of anthrax in a farm in Suleja, Niger State.
“The case was in a multi-specie animal farm comprising of cattle, sheep and goats located at Gajiri, along Abuja-Kaduna expressway Suleja Local Government Area, Niger State, where some of the animals had symptoms including oozing of blood from their body openings – anus, nose, eyes, and ears.”
The ministry stated that a rapid response team comprising federal and states’ One Health Professional Team visited the farm to conduct preliminary investigations and collected samples from the sick animals.
“Subsequent laboratory tests by the National Veterinary Research Institute laboratory confirmed the diagnosis, marking the first recorded case of anthrax in Nigeria in recent years and after the report of an outbreak of anthrax in Northern Ghana a few weeks ago. All animals affected have died,” the ministry stated.
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