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Nigeria On Alert As Killer Zoonotic Disease With High Death Rate Hits Neighbouring Country

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Nigeria On Alert As Killer Zoonotic Disease With High Death Rate Hits Neighbouring Niger Repbulic

Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry and the Nigeria Customs Service on Friday alerted their respective officers about the outbreak of the deadly anthrax disease in neighbouring Niger Republic.

Alerting its veterinary officers, the FMARD described anthrax as a deadly zoonotic disease with a high rate of mortality in humans and livestock.

The Chief Veterinary Officer of the Federation, Oniya Alabi, said it had become important to strengthen surveillance systems across all entry points in border communities considering the mass movement of animals and products across the Niger Republic and Nigeria.

He appealed for adequate measures to prevent the incursion of the disease into Nigeria.

This came as the Nigeria Customs Service alerted its zonal, regional and other officers across the country about the outbreak of the disease in the Niger Republic.

The Comptroller, Enforcement, NCS, Victor Dimka, said the alert was necessary to ensure that the disease does not spread into Nigeria.

The alert notice from the NCS headquarters, dated December 12, 2019, was issued to all zonal coordinators, customs area controllers, comptrollers North-West, North-East, Marine Command, zonal commanders, headquarters strike force, among others.

In the alert to its officers, the NCS said;

 “The headquarters received a report which reveals that the Nigerien Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock had notified the World Organisation for Animal Health of an outbreak of Charcoal Anthrax disease, Bacterium Bacillus Anthracis variant, in sheep and cattle in the country.”

The service further explained that the transmission of the disease to humans occurs directly or indirectly from infected animals or due to occupational exposure to contaminated animal products.

It noted that given the supply of cattle and sheep from Niger to Nigeria, the comptroller-general of the service had directed that there be an urgent need to place additional precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease into Nigeria through the country’s land borders.



  1. Patoya Michael

    December 21, 2019 at 12:13 AM

    Stop all imports from Niger and keep the border on the lock down

  2. D Hunter

    December 21, 2019 at 5:17 AM

    IN APPROPOS to what Patoya said, general imports and anybody from Niger Rep. Must be bound from entering Nigeria at least for now till further notice.

    I believe there is massive imports of livestock from Niger to Nigeria on daily basis.
    And to think that this is Christmas season when much more Animals would be needed for the celebration!!!
    Ha, God save us o.

    I take a stroll…

    • Funsho Williams

      December 21, 2019 at 6:28 AM

      We need God’s intervention in Nigeria

    • Uchechi Faith

      December 21, 2019 at 10:29 AM

      D Hunter are you single? I’m not afraid to say I’m. Can we connect

      • The wise

        December 22, 2019 at 12:55 PM

        E dey ask man out…shame on you that why you are here

        • Metu Nyetu

          December 24, 2019 at 12:18 AM

          WHAT DID you say your name was again? The Wise? SMH! FYI, you just stabbed your name.

      • Deskros

        December 22, 2019 at 1:12 PM

        brave enough to make the move …I hope it ends well…
        however this situation requires more than just news paper publication. once it affects one, the tendency that it will escalate would be high so closing land border entirely would be ideal and our farmers should cull and quarantine any suspected animal. buyers should also be pro active and vigilante .

  3. paul k

    December 21, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    worst disease like this is somewhere in Nigeria. We are yet to discover it

  4. D Hunter

    December 21, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    HELLO Uche baby, Im just seeing this.
    Sorry Dear for the delay.
    To answer your question,
    Yes I am.
    But then, I dont do facebook, twitter, messanger, wechat etc…
    Though I have an active acc. with facebook, I seldom operate it.
    I have just 10 friends on my fb friends list and they are all males.

    So, I ask U, with this kind of lifestyle, do U think we can connet?

    I take a stroll…

  5. D Hunter

    December 21, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    HELLO Uche Dear, Im just seeing this. My appologies for the delayed reply.

    Ok, to answer your question with all honesty and without any iota of fear too, I wnat to say… Yes. I am still single.

    I take a stroll…

    • Kenneth Ohio

      December 22, 2019 at 7:36 AM

      D Hunter I sight you, naijagists is about to produce another wedding. toast her well. Just ask for her email and continue the journey there. Make sure u don’t rush. get to know her well and make sure she is from ur place. all da best bro

  6. red

    December 22, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    happy new month to all ng readers

  7. D Hunter

    December 22, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Hi Ken. Season greetings.
    I think thats rather a perceived misjudged intention.
    Nobody, I repeat, Nobody is talking about marriage here.

    I take a stroll…

    • Metu Nyetu

      December 24, 2019 at 12:28 AM

      CHAI! D. H., YOU ARE now speaking like a Nigerian politician. Mbanu!

  8. Metu Nyetu

    December 24, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    MINE IS that, with this deadly outbreak, will Nigeria still go ahead with that suspicious no-visa policy?

  9. Danti

    December 24, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Hi folks, let Nigeria’s intelligence communities investigate if there was any occurrence of that nature in that country. If this is the first time, then, the intensity and the velocity at which it hits the region will determine if it is weaponized or not. The presence of American base in Niger( military drone) and comfortable base in Ghana is what every African will regret for generations. More nasty experiments will be carried out at the expense of our nature-given ignorance or at worst foolishness!

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