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Anthrax outbreak: Cattle, sheep, goats vaccinated before June 20, 2023 can be slaughtered for consumption

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Cattle, sheep, goats vaccinated before June 20, 2023 can be slaughtered for consumption. This was contained in a release signed by the Upper East Regional Coordinating Director, Alhaji Abubakar Inusah, on behalf of the Public Health Emergency Management Committee. 

Meanwhile, the ban on the slaughtering, consumption and sale of animals after the stated period is still prohibited. 

“The ban on the slaughtering, sale and consumption of meat and meat products from cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and donkeys is also still in force. However, individuals who have had their animals vaccinated with certified anthrax vaccines before 20th June, 2023 are allowed to slaughter them under the strict supervision of the Veterinary and Environmental Health Officers, preferably, at designated slaughter houses or places certified by Veterinary Officers,” portions of the statement read. 

The statement continued to say the initial ban on the transportation of animals, remains in force.

“At the Emergency Meeting of the Regional Public Health Emergency Management Committee held on Monday, 26th June, 2023 to review the ongoing anthrax outbreak situation in the region, the Committee after extensive deliberations, unanimously agreed on the following based on the submissions made by the technical experts of the Committee: The initial ban on the movement of animals (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and donkeys) is still in force. However, animals from neighbouring countries to the Upper East Region (Burkina Faso, Togo and Niger) are allowed to pass through the region after having been certified by the Veterinary Officers at the points of entry.”

“All dead animals are to be reported to the nearest veterinary officers, community volunteers, Assembly Members and Environmental Health Officers for investigations. Community members are to avoid eating sick or dead animals. The Committee would subsequently be meeting to further review the situation.”

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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