Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director-General, (NIMR) has urged the government to support vaccination for animals

Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) has urged the government to support vaccination for animals and their handlers to curb the spread of anthrax.

Salako, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, warned that paying attention to live stocks and their handlers would prevent transmission of the disease.

The Federal Government on July 17, confirmed the index case of Anthrax disease in the country.
Anthrax is primarily a zoonotic disease in herbivores caused by a bacterium called Bacillus anthracis which affects animals such as cattle, sheep and goats.

Anthrax disease can also infect humans who come in direct contact with infected animals or consume contaminated animal products.

The NIMR boss advised that livestock and their handlers be given attention while the public is taught how to prevent the spread of the disease.
The director-general further said that disease surveillance was also key, especially among animals in transit.

He urged the Nigeria Centre Disease Control (NCDC) and the Ministry of Agriculture to cooperate to coordinate public health response and achieve synergy for impact.

According to him, the country has the capacity to receive and process samples for diagnosis
Salako advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to all guidelines from the Ministry of Health and the NCDC to curb the spread of anthrax.

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