The Lagos state government has reported that six animals within the state have tested positive for anthrax, a disease that impacts ruminant creatures like cows, sheep, and goats.
According to Olatokunbo Emokpae, the permanent secretary of the state’s agriculture ministry, cases of the disease were detected during animal surveillance in Lagos Island and Agege. The affected animals were confiscated, burned, and buried in order to prevent the disease from spreading further.
While there’s been no case of human infection that has either been identified or reported since the discovery of anthrax disease in Lagos, human and animal surveillance has 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,” Emokpae said.