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FG Declares Ponmo Dangerous.

FG Declares Ponmo Dangerous.



‘Ponmo dangerous for now’,  Government raises the alarm over deadly virus outbreak.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria has warned the public about an Anthrax outbreak In some neighbouring countries within the West African sub-region.

As a result, Nigerians have been strongly advised to refrain from consuming hides (ponmo), smoked meat and bush meat until the situation is under control.

The outbreak was first identified near the northern border of Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Togo, putting the whole sub-region at risk.

According to Dr Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, the bacterial disease affecting animals and humans has already claimed several lives.

He explained, “Anthrax spores are naturally found in the soil and commonly affect domestic and wild animals.”

People can become infected with Anthrax spores if they contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.

FG Declares Ponmo Dangerous.

Anthrax symptoms mimic the flu, including cough, fever, and muscle aches, which can escalate to severe lung problems, difficulty breathing, shock, and even death if not detected and treated early.

Although Anthrax is not contagious and cannot be spread through close contact with an infected person, it can be transmitted to humans through inhaling Anthrax spores or consuming infected animal products.

The ministry further cautioned the public to avoid contact with animals not vaccinated against Anthrax and to avoid consuming contaminated or infected animal products, such as hides, meat, or milk.

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