Anthrax: Plateau State Govt Denies Media Reports Of 1,000 Cows Killed By Deadly Disease

2023-07-22 14:46:00

Independent Newspapers Nigeria

JOS - Plateau state government on Saturday denied media reports that 1,000 cows died of a strange disease within a space of four days in some villages in the Mangu Local Government Area of the state.

Press Secretary to Governor Caleb Mutfwang, Gyang Beer, in a press statement issued to newsmen in Jos, the State capital and made available to SATURDAY INDEPENDENT, said the said story is far from the truth, as it does not reflect the reality of happenings in the communities mentioned conspicuously in the story.

The statement read: "For the avoidance of doubt, there is no such incident in any part of Mangu Local Government Area and the government has not received information about the mass death of animals from any of the communities mentioned in the reports."

According to Beer, the story is based on hearsay, as there is no credible source that has authenticated the story, which has created tension in the affected communities.

"The government, therefore advises the General public, particularly members of the said communities to disregard the misleading story and assured Plateau people that a team of epidemiologists has been sent to the affected communities on the instruction of Governor Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang to ascertain the truth of the story to prevent loss of lives," the statement read further.

The Media Aide admitted that there are two suspected cases of anthrax disease in two communities in the state and that the samples taken from the affected animals have been taken to National Veterinary Research Institute, in Vom, for thorough assessment and investigation.

"While waiting for the outcome, Government would like to make it clear that there was no mass death of 1,000 cows in the mentioned areas as reported in the story," the statement added.

He noted that "it is instructive to note that the risk of contracting anthrax increases with exposure to infected animals, their meat, or hides.

"While the government has directed the Epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health and the Veterinary unit of the Ministry of Agriculture to address the issues with every sense of urgency, members of the public are advised to observe the following to avoid contracting the anthrax disease."

He said members of the public should avoid contact with infected livestock and animal skins as much as possible and should also avoid eating meat that has not been properly cooked and as well.

quickly call the attention of the authorities when there is suspicion of a sick animal or persons.

According to him, People from the communities mentioned are advised to go about their normal activities and report any strange movement or any unusual activities around them for swift intervention by the relevant authorities.

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