Plateau Government Launches Mass Vaccination Campaign to Prevent Anthrax Outbreak

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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In a proactive move to prevent the spread of anthrax in Plateau State, the government is set to vaccinate 4.3 million cattle. Dr. Sipak Shase, the Director of the Plateau State Ministry of Agriculture, revealed this important initiative during a press briefing in Jos on Tuesday. The state government has already acquired 200,000 doses of vaccines to protect livestock from this deadly bacterial disease.

Anthrax, caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis, primarily affects animals like cattle, sheep, and goats. While the disease mainly impacts animals, humans can contract anthrax through direct contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products, such as meat, wool, or hides. Inhalation of spores and contact with contaminated materials or open wounds can lead to infection.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang has instructed that all animals in the state undergo vaccination to safeguard public health and the livelihoods of livestock owners. In addition to the vaccination campaign, health officials are also educating butchers in abattoirs about the importance of personal hygiene and protective measures, such as wearing face masks, overalls, and gloves.

The timely and proactive efforts by the Plateau State government have been well-received by the butchers, who appreciate the government’s concern for their well-being and the community’s safety. The state’s concerted actions are expected to effectively curb any potential anthrax outbreak and ensure the protection of both livestock and human health.

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