The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of Nigeria has heightened surveillance at its borders to prevent the spread of anthrax following reported cases in neighbouring Ghana.
Although no anthrax cases have been recorded in Nigeria, the FCTA is taking proactive measures to safeguard against an outbreak. Dr. Regina Adulugba, the Director of Veterinary at the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, emphasized the importance of sensitizing herders, butchers, and other at-risk individuals to prevent the disease from entering the country.
The FCTA conducted a sensitization program at the Deidei abattoir, urging vigilance and caution among those involved in handling and trading animals. Residents and butchers were advised to refrain from buying or slaughtering sick animals and to report any symptoms of anthrax to nearby veterinary clinics.
The FCTA also highlighted the risks associated with anthrax transmission through wounds, contact with infected animals, or inhalation of spores. By raising awareness and implementing preventive measures, the FCTA aims to protect public health and prevent the spread of anthrax in the region.