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Federal government issues alert over fresh disease outbreak, warns against eating pomo

Written by on June 13, 2023

The Federal government has issued a fresh alert over a possible outbreak of a bacterial disease that affects both animals and humans.

A statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, says the zoonotic disease that is known as anthrax, has now been confirmed within the West African sub-region; specifically, Northern Ghana bordering Burkina Faso and Togo.

The statement, which was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ernest Umakhihe, advises Nigerians against the consumption of hides commonly known as pomo, smoked meat and bushmeat, to avoid possible spread.

In a telephone interview with journalists, the ministry’s Director of Information, Joel Oruche, confirmed the authenticity of the statement and urged Nigerians to heed the advice.

The statement emphasized that the consumption of hides poses a serious risk until the situation is brought under control.

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