The Federal Government has alerted the public on the outbreak of Anthrax disease in some neighbouring countries within the West African sub- region.
Dr Ernest Umakhihe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the affected countries included Northern Ghana bordering Burkina Faso and Togo.
According to Umakhihe, the disease which has claimed some lives is a bacterial disease that affects both animals and man.
He said that Anthrax spores were naturally found in the soil and commonly affected domestic and wild animals.
Umakhihe said that people could get infected with Anthrax spores if they came in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.
He said that the disease was not contagious as one could not get it by coming in close contact with an infected person.
“Signs of anthrax are, flu- like symptoms, such as cough, fever and muscle aches, “he said.
He said that if not diagnosed and treated early, it would lead to pneumonia, severe lung problems, difficulty in breathing, shock and death.
The permanent secretary said that anthrax being a bacterial disease, responds to treatment with antibiotics and supportive therapy.
“It is primarily a disease of animals but because of man’s closeness to animals, non vaccinated animals with anthrax can easily be transmitted to man through the inhalation of anthrax spores.
“ It could also be through consumption of contaminated or infected animal products, such as hides and skin, meat or milk,” he said.