The Abia State Government has announced that bovine tuberculosis has been discovered in Aba, and is therefore cautioning indigenes against consumption of cow lungs.
The Abia State Commissioner of Agriculture, Nkechi Mgboji who made this known, also said that those infected can have symptoms ranging from profuse coughs to even death, but that boycotting the lungs of infected cows can save lives.
Bovine tuberculosis is caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium bovis.
Mgboji said, “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. There is no way to detect a cow with such a disease unless it is 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.”