Livestock import ban following anthrax scare in Tamil Nadu

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has enforced a ban on importing live animals and meat to the Maldives from Tamil Nadu in India following an anthrax outbreak, local media reports.

A statement from the HPA read that two towns in Tamil Nadu had reported an outbreak of anthrax, and as a precautionary measure the agency had banned live animal and meal imports from any state within Tamil Nadu.

The HPA has urged against using live animals and meat produced after December 31, 2012 imported from India.

“Normally anthrax affects animals such as goats and cows. However, humans can get the disease from animals. Humans contract the disease by coming in contact with infected animals, airborne germs and consuming meat of infected animals,” the HPA stated.

Anthrax is an acute disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, according to the agency.

Orf virus found in Thilafushi goat

Prior to being abolished, the Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) reported that a goat in Thilafushi had tested positive for the Orf virus earlier this month.

Despite the Ministry of Agriculture earlier stating that Orf is a dangerous virus, as reported by local media, the CCHDC said it does not pose a great risk to humans.

Epidemiologist at CCHDC Dr Aishath Aruna said that a human can only contract the virus by coming into direct contact with an infected goat, Sun Online reported.

“Humans can contract the disease from goats, by coming into direct contact with an infected goat. It’s not a dangerous disease. Only people who tend and rear goats are at risk,” Aruna was quoted as saying by local media.

In regard to goats being reared in Thilafushi – otherwise known as “garbage island” – Dr Aruna told Sun Online that eating the meat from these goats could pose a risk to humans.

The Thilafushi Corporation said the island is used for industrial purposes, and that people who rear goats in the island do so without obtaining the necessary permits.

The CDHDC was abolished by President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik earlier this month. The President’s Office confirmed that functions and responsibilities of the CCHDC were to be transferred to the HPA.

The CCHDC had been working to identify diseases prevalent in the Maldives, and to prevent disease and increase health awareness.


6 thoughts on “Livestock import ban following anthrax scare in Tamil Nadu”

  1. This is the only health alert we heard in Maldives recently.

    Now its time to widen the ban to Heerappanna, Ganesh tobacco, Supari, if Dr. Jam has balls.

  2. How dare you create propaganda against my country! Indian goats never get diseases

  3. he he he Miss Mallu AUNTY is living in another planet...soooper( inglish for super) INDIANS dont know what is basic human the hell they care about animals...???

    When you walk on Indian city streets you have to close your nose..such a perfume smell every where...

    This is the development in Sooper India where world`s biggest illerate population lives on streets,under trees and bridges then shit and pollute everyone..he he he these people also have votes...available for Rs.500- each...

  4. Even African countries have banned the Indian dirts like Suprai.Pan ...which are dangerous for human consumption ...moreover African countries no more accept Indian degrees sold at colleges because of the kuwalidy(inglish for quality)...recent British Medical Council examination for foreign doctors ..65% indian doctors failed...another proof of kuwalidy Indian ejucation( inglish for quality Indian Education)..what a great development...

  5. @kurvi

    If you are going to insult illiterate India, maybe you should learn to write and speak the English language yourself beforehand. We spell ENGLISH with an E not an "I" and education has a "D" not a "J".

    You backward illiterate dumb arse.

    And as for the article itself, wasn't it a Maldivian that got caught having sex with a goat last year, may be the goat was infected by an STD from the perverted islander.

  6. he he he barder(boarder)...parrrty(party).........capoo(Cap)..saaser(saucer).....................kangress(congress)..baaady(body)...........ayil(oil) few examples of Inglish these Indians use daily.

    When Indian ex-PM Narasimma Rao visited Maldives sometime back his speech was telecasted on TV..the next day his Inglish became a joke on streets even among grage 1 kids...

    26,000 Rapes reported last year in Soooper India this means real number is 5 times.higher .in Delhi alone 640 Rapes
    he he he ...In Kenya for the year 2011 and 2012 only 450 Rapes reported..Kenyans are much developed and literate than Indians this is why Kenya is not accepting Indian degrees available for cash.


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