The Federal Government has banned the importation of live animals into the country through the nation’s seaports and land borders. The move is part of the measures to curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country. This is coming nearly one month after the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) was deliberately imported into Nigeria by a Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, leading to five deaths, twelve confirmed infection cases and 179 people under surveillance.

Director-General, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine service (NAQS), Dr. Kola Faseyitan, who disclosed this in Lagos said his agency has also placed all its officers on red alert on the movement of pets and animals through the country borders and gateways. His words: “We barred the movement of animals especially wild animals and my men are placed on red alert but the fact still remained that Nigerians should stop eating bush meat and some other animals that are prone to the virus.”

He said, while bats and monkeys are known carriers of the virus, the Quarantine Service is not leaving anything to chance to prevent further spread of the killer virus. Meanwhile, Ivory Coast has banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the West African nation.

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