The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has officially confirmed the presence of an Anthrax case in the Upper East Region of Ghana. The confirmation comes after rigorous sample analysis conducted at the laboratory of the Veterinary Services Directorate.

Anthrax, a bacterial disease that affects livestock and can be transmitted to humans, has been detected in the Binduri district of the Upper East Region. Authorities are concerned about the potential spread of the disease to other areas and are taking immediate measures to prevent further outbreaks.

To safeguard public health and mitigate the risk of Anthrax spreading, the Ministry has announced several precautionary steps:

1. Restriction of animal movement: The movement of animals within, into, and out of the Binduri district will be restricted to contain the disease.

2. Mass vaccination campaign: Animals in the affected areas will undergo a comprehensive vaccination program to minimize the risk of infection.

3. Ban on the consumption of affected animals: A temporary ban on consuming animals found dead in the affected areas has been imposed to prevent potential exposure to the disease.

The public is strongly advised to exercise vigilance and only purchase meat from certified abattoirs. In the event of animal deaths, individuals should promptly report them to the nearest veterinary unit or health facility in the affected area.

For professional guidance and assistance in suspected cases, individuals may contact the following officers from the Veterinary Services Directorate:

– Dr. Patrick Abakeh, Director, Veterinary Services Directorate: 0208240734
– Mr. Rachman Adongo, District Veterinary Officer: 0245124150
– Dr. Nil Aryeh, Regional Veterinary Officer: 0244542397
– Dr. Benjamin K. Sassu, Deputy Head, National Food Safety Laboratory: 0553339667

The Ministry emphasizes that it is fully committed to taking all necessary steps to effectively contain the Anthrax outbreak. Public cooperation, adherence to the provided guidelines, and prompt reporting of any suspected cases are crucial in ensuring public safety.

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The Ministry of Food and Agriculture urges the general public to remain calm and assured that every effort is being made to address the situation swiftly and efficiently.


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