The Chief Veterinary Officer of the Federation, Oniya Alabi, has disclosed that it has become important to strengthen surveillance systems across all entry points in border communities considering the mass movement of animals and products across the Niger Republic and Nigeria.
This is coming after the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Nigeria Customs Service alerted their respective officers and Nigerians about the outbreak of a deadly anthrax disease in neighbouring Niger Republic .
Alerting its veterinary officers, he described anthrax as a deadly zoonotic disease with a high rate of mortality in humans and livestock.
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He appealed for adequate measures to prevent the incursion of the disease into Nigeria.
The Comptroller, Enforcement, NCS , Victor Dimka in his part said, the alert was necessary to ensure that the disease does not spread into Nigeria .
“The headquarters received a report which reveals that the Nigerien Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock had notified the World Organisation for Animal Health of an outbreak of Charcoal Anthrax disease , Bacterium Bacillus Anthracis variant , in sheep and cattle in the country”, the alert reads.
The alert notice from the NCS headquarters , dated December 12 , 2019 , was issued to all zonal coordinators, customs area controllers , comptrollers North – West, North – East , Marine Command , zonal commanders, headquarters strike force , among others.
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