ANTHRAX DISEASE: LASG Commences Free Vaccination Of Animals

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The Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Agriculture, has begun free vaccination of domesticated animals to forestall the prevalence of Anthrax disease in the state



This was disclosed in a statement on Friday by the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos Ministry of Agriculture, Olatokunbo Emokpae, saying the ministry had also enhanced the state’s surveillance of abattoirs and slaughter slabs.


Anthrax, an infectious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, affects domesticated animals such as cows, pigs, camels, sheep, goats, and wild animals. Human beings who come in contact with infected animals can also get infected with the disease.


According to Emokpae, the the vaccination of domesticated animals, free of charge, would also be conducted alongside the inspection exercise. She said symptoms of the Anthrax disease in infected animals included sudden death and and bleeding from natural orifices – mouth, ear, nose, anus and vulva, in female animals.


The government official stated that the blood discharge is usually dark, and the dead animal will disintegrate quickly.

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