THIKA (Xinhua) --
At least six people have been
hospitalized and slaughter houses closed indefinitely in Kiambu
County, eastern Kenya after a suspected outbreak of anthrax in
Kiambu County Director of Clinical Services
Kiambu County Jacob Toro said that six people, who are all meat
loaders at a slaughter house, are currently admitted with
suspected Anthrax at Thika Level Five Hospital.
"They were admitted with coetaneous lesions and samples were
taken on Wednesday to the Vet lab in Kabete by the disease
surveillance team," said Toro.
He however assured the public that the situation is under
control, noting that the treatment is ongoing and the patients
are all stable in the isolation ward.
Toro cautioned the public against consuming meat which is not
inspected by the authorities.
He said the county government has dispatched public health
and veterinary officers to all abattoirs in the area to
establish the source of the disease and take precautionary
measures to curb the spread of disease.
It is suspected the patients were infected after they came
into contact with infected meat during the course of their work.
Anthrax, a life-threatening disease that normally affects
animals especially ruminants, is spread by contact with the
spores of the bacteria, which are often from infectious animal
Animals killed by anthrax must be buried in a deep pit and
the area burnt in order to kill the germs.
Toro appealed to livestock traders to be more vigilant to
curb the spread of the disease.
Vaccines against Anthrax for use in livestock and humans have
had a prominent place in the history of medicine. It can be
transmitted to humans by contact with infected animals or their