Increasing genetic mutations in animals has lead to the emergence of many new zoonotic diseases which may defy human resistance. Phioto: Getty image

A lecturer, Dr Oladapo Afolabi, on Thursday warned of possible outbreak of more zoonotic disease if government failed to convey a national public health agenda on human-animal relationships.

He said genetic mutations of organisms may be on the rise in animals which might also give rise to discovery of more zoonotic diseases that may affect humans.

Afolabi, a veterinary expert and lecturer at Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun, said in an interview following recent outbreak of Monkeypox in the South-South and South-West that the outbreak was a reflection of public ignorance.

“The increasing genetic mutations in animals may lead to the emergence of many new zoonotic diseases which, sadly, may defy human resistance as much as we keep contacts with those animals.

Monkeypox was first reported in Bayelsa on Sept. 22, while it spread to adjourning states such as Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and recently Ekiti, Ogun and Lagos.

“Sometimes, the severity of these diseases in human may be fatal and life threatening, hence there is a need for a public health agenda on handling of wildlife by government”. he said.

The lecturer said there was a gradual evolution of organisms through mutation crossing animal barriers to human, and necessary measure must be taken to curb further outbreak in the country.