FG confirms first case of anthrax in Niger farm

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and rural development says it has confirmed cases of anthrax in some farm animals in Niger state.

The government, however, did not mention the name of the affected farm and the extent of the infection.

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.

In a statement on Monday signed by Columba Vakuru, chief veterinary officer of Nigeria, the ministry said there was a notification on July 14 of animals manifesting symptoms of anthrax in a multi-specie farm in Suleja, Niger state.

Vakuru said some of the infected animals had symptoms, including oozing of blood from their body openings — anus, nose, eyes and ears.

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