Karachi, August 25, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Muhammad Ali Malkani on Thursday said that sacrificial animal transporting from Balochistan and KPK are more suspicious for having Congo virus. The Minister was addressing at a seminar organized by Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on prevention from Congo virus in animals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
The seminar was also attend Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Sheikh, Faisal Jamal Dashti, Hanif Gohar, Vice Presidents FPCCI and others. The minister said that virus cannot be diagnosed easily and for the purpose laboratory test was necessary. The minister said that he was visiting various cattle markets in Karachi to aware the people about this virus. But he said it was not easy task to keep away from this, he added.
He admitted that vaccination or spray each vehicle carrying cattle into the city was not possible. However, for the purpose a camp had been set up at Sohrab Goth, the entry point to main city areas, he added. The minister said that small animals were more prone to this disease. He further added that once an animal vaccinated then its flesh was not fit for human consumption for at least one month.
The minister said that the provincial government would soon announce to establish an advisory board regarding Congo virus. Earlier, at the seminar the experts informed that the Congo virus was spread from African nations. The virus can be found in both wild and domestic animals.
Hanif Gohar, Vice President, FPCCI said that so far two cases had been reported in Karachi but it was important for safety of human especially ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. They urged the authorities to take stern measures against illegal cattle markets. He urged the provincial government to ensure the vendors should have all preventions to avoid spread of this virus.
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