Yellow fever blamed for massive cow deaths in Enugu
By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu
The reported mass death of cows in Igbo-Eze North local government area of Enugu state have been linked to the Yellow-Fever epidemic. Cows suspected to have been killed by the mysterious disease were seen littering the Enugu-Ezike community in Igbo-Eze North.
Orient Daily reports that this is the same council area where an outbreak of yellow fever was first recorded in the State a few days back. The ailment already claimed over 50 lives in Igbo-Eze North communities and has even spread to at least three other local government areas in the state.
The cow deaths have been confirmed by the authorities of the Igbo-Eze North council area.
It was gathered that Fulani cows were observed falling and dropping dead as they journeyed from the North enroute their destination.
A statement from Mr. Williams Ejikeme Nwodo, Media Aide to the council chairman, urged the public to desist from eating cow meat in the area. “There is a strange and mysterious death of cows this morning in Enugu-Ezike, Igbo-Eze North local government area of Enugu.
“The general public is, therefore, advised to desist from buying and eating beef any moment from now. Nobody knows the root cause of the mysterious death of such animals and the best way to be safe is to avoid eating or buying beef in the open markets,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the state government says it has intensified vigilance as suspected cases of yellow fever spread in the state.
A statement signed by Dr Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, Commissioner for Health said the government was working with all stakeholders to control the situation. He said, “Following the confirmed cases of Yellow Fever in Igbo Eze North LGA of Enugu state and the concerted efforts to control the situation in the LGA by the Enugu State Government, Stakeholders and Partners; Federal and International, reports have also been received of “strange deaths” within communities in Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti LGAs.
“The Enugu state Ministry of Health Rapid Response Team, LGA Rapid Response Teams, International and National Partners have also visited these LGAs to investigate the reports and take samples for testing just as was done for the reports at Igboeze North.
“The new set of samples from these LGAs have been sent to the national reference laboratory at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja for a thorough and complete examination to determine conclusively the reasons for these new sets of reports and the results are expected back early this week.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to all those who have lost loved ones in these times, and we recommend that all adhere to the following Public Health Advisory.”