Foot and mouth disease hits cows in Jigawa


The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), Jigawa  Chapter, has raised the alarm that  foot and mouth disease has killed  more than 20 cows  in Yola village in Guri Local Government Area of the state.

Chairman of the association in the local government, Alhaji Ahmadu Tulu said more than 1,000 cows were infected with the disease after its outbreak in January.

“Since  the outbreak of this disease two months ago, over 20 cows have died and over 1,000 are infected,” Tulu said.

He  listed the symptoms of the disease to include fever, weight loss, loss of appetite, lameness, drop in milk production and blisters in the mouth and on feet.

He  lamented that the epidemic had brought untold hardship to herdsmen who depended on cattle breeding as their means of livelihood.

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Also,  Kabiru Garki, the Head of Agriculture Department  in the local government, confirmed the outbreak of the disease.

He said the council had already acquired vaccines and other  essential drugs to treat  more than  1,500 cows that might be affected by the disease.

“As  we speak, our team of veterinary doctors is already in Yola to treat all the affected cows.

“We are targeting over 1,500 cattle for the treatment which will also cover cows in Bella, Dukamaza and Almazuzu villages where the epidemic was reported.

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