Lagos State Government Confirms Six Cases Of Anthrax Disease In Lagos Island, Agege


The Lagos State Government has confirmed that six animals in the State have contracted the anthrax disease.

Olatokunbo Emokpae, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, disclosed this on Sunday. She said the cases were discovered during surveillance of animals on Lagos Island and Agege.

According to Emokpae, 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.

“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.

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