Alarms Raised as Disease Returns to Nigeria

NIGERIA - The Executive Director of the National Veterinary Research Institute, Dr. Lami Lombin, has raised the alarm over the resurgence of Bovine Pleuropneumaonia, a disease she says that is "capable of wiping away the cattle population in the country".
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Speaking at the opening ceremony of a five-day international workshop on current molecular techniques for CBPP in Nigeria, she said the disease was a contagious trans-boundary animal disease that attacks the respiratory organs of cattle, reported the Nigerian Tribune earlier today.

According to her, while the disease had been eradicated in many parts of the world, it was assuming an endemic proportion in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, adding that it would take efforts by African countries to eradicate the disease.

She said the disease had been difficult to eradicate in Africa because of the problems in slaughtering a larger population of the cattle and the issue of compensation.

According to her, “the disease had assumed such an endemic situation because the vaccine only provided a short term immunity and there was always the need for continuous vaccination.”

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