ABIA State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof Ikechi Mgboji, has warned residents of Abia to desist from eating cow lungs in order not to contract bovine tuberculosis which has been found among cows in Abia State.
Mgboji who disclosed this in Aba and said the warning is important following the discovery of some cows infected with bovine tuberculosis, a cow disease which causes a general state of illness manifesting later with coughing and resulting in eventual death of infected mammals.
According to him, government has alerted all veterinary doctors who visit abattoirs in the state to watch out for such disease symptoms to determine its spread and safeguard lives.
“Part of our work in this ministry is that any cow offered for public consumption is usually examined by veterinary doctors. About two weeks ago, two of such cows, when killed, were found to have Bovine Tuberculosis (M.bovine) and there is no way to know a cow with such a disease unless they are either killed or tested. So we decided to alert people who eat beef to stop eating the lungs of cows for now but they may eat the flesh. They should stop eating that particular organ for now until we are able to determine if it is a very exceptional case or a prevalent case,” Mgboji said.
Abia agriculture ministry had also alerted cow dealers in the state to be aware of the discovery and to allow their cows to be tested to safeguard the lives of beef consumers.
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