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26.04.2012 General News

Vaccination against Anthrax begins in Googo

By Ghanaian Chronicle
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By William N-lanjerborr Jalulah
Veterinary officers in the Upper East Region, on Wednesday, started the vaccination of cattle and other domestic animals except birds against anthrax. The outbreak of the disease has claimed two human lives and nine cows.

Upper East Regional Veterinary Officer, Dr. Thomas Anyorikiya, is leading a team of personnel to carry out the exercise.

At the time of filing this report, he told The Chronicle the team was made up of five personnel, adding that more were expected from other districts for reinforcement.

Dr. Anyorikiya explained that the team would continue the vaccination in Googo and its adjoining communities until all the animals are vaccinated. Vaccinated animals, he said, are marked with crayon to avoid a second vaccination.

Explaining why the exercise could not come off on Monday as earlier announced, the officer said the owners of animals failed to assembly them at vantage points for the exercise.

Now, the owners of the animals and the vaccinating team have agreed on specific areas where they should assembly the animals for the exercise.

The vaccination is expected to halt the further spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, a ban on the movement of cattle has been imposed on the area.

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