An expert in tuberculosis and leprosy control in Adamawa State, Dr. Steven John, has alerted that a strain of tuberculosis, otherwise known as Bovine or Zoonotic Tuberculosis is becoming more prevalent in the North East, especially in Adamawa, Jigawa, Gombe and Yobe states.
According him, research has confirmed the high prevalence of Zoonotic TB in different zones of Nigeria, but that the scourge is more prevalent in the North East zone.
He also disclosed that the disease is transmitted through contaminated meat.
John, who is the executive secretary of the Adamawa State Agency for the Control of Aids (ADSACA), revealed that the best strategy of managing zoonotic TB is through the partial or total destruction of the infected animals, mostly cows.
He advised governments at various levels to adopt measures such as paying ranchers or herders whose cows are diagnosed with Zoonotic TB as the only way to totally control of the spread of the disease in the country.
He said, “Zoonotic TB infects humans just like the usual human TB through the same way of transmission but poor response to convenient anti-TB treatment.
I personally have been invited by veterinarians to the Jimeta abattoir to palpate cow meat infected with TB. Zoonotic TB is real and on the increase the world over.”
He added that the only way out is to embark on constant health education on Zoonotic TB and ensure that all meats are properly cooked.
“Ensure that meat is inspected before purchase and consumption. Observe well, if you see a meat with bubbles and white spots, it means the beef is infected with Zoonotic TB,” Steven stated.
John also stated that the disease poses a serious threat to the nation’s health status, “as Zoonotic TB treatment is deviant and can last between one-nine months not like the normal TB which treatment only last for six months.
He said, “Let’s join hands to fight all forms of TB; it kills, it is on the rampage”.