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Nigerians Advised to Avoid Certain Foods Amid Anthrax Outbreak

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Nigerians Advised to Avoid Certain Foods Amid Anthrax Outbreak

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria has issued a warning to the public about the recent outbreak of Anthrax in neighbouring West African countries.

Nigerians are advised to avoid consuming certain food items, including hides (known as “ponmo” locally), smoked meat, and bush meat, until the situation is brought under control.

The outbreak was initially detected near the northern border of Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Togo, which has raised concerns about the potential spread of the disease throughout the entire sub-region.

Anthrax is caused by spores that naturally exist in the soil and commonly affect domestic and wild animals.

Humans can contract Anthrax by coming into contact with infected animals or consuming contaminated animal products.

Symptoms of the disease closely resemble those of the flu, including coughing, fever, and muscle aches.

If left untreated, these symptoms can progress to severe lung problems, breathing difficulties, shock, and even death.

The Ministry emphasises the importance of avoiding contact with animals that have not been vaccinated against Anthrax and steering clear of any consumption of tainted or infected animal products, such as hides, meat, or milk.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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