Abuja, July 15, 2019 (NAN) – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Monday dismissed as absolutely false, social media reports on purported outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in cattle from the northern part of the country.
The Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement issued in Abuja, Nigeria said Nigerians should disregard the fake report as it was completely false.
Ihekweazu assured Nigerians that there were no recorded cases of bovine tuberculosis in the country, nor were there concerns on it at the moment.
He advised Nigerians to ensure that meat and other foods to be consumed were well cooked and safely handled to avoid the spread of food-borne illnesses.
The NCDC boss added that Nigerians should visit the centres’s website — www.ncdc.gov.ng, or its Twitter and Facebook pages — @NCDCgov, for accurate
information on disease outbreaks in the country.
The fake report was being circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp, claiming that the Director General of World Health Organisation had alerted
on bovine tuberculosis in cattle from the North and advised Nigerians to stop eating beef.