Kenya: Anthrax outbreak sickens 10 in Kisii County


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Ten people have been hospitalized with anthrax in Casey County, According to local media. This follows an outbreak of zoonotic anthrax in the region.

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Many of those hospitalized are said to have eaten meat from an infected carcass.

“We advise residents not to eat any meat from the carcass, if we want to mitigate human losses,” said Magritte Obaga, executive director of the county’s Department of Agriculture.

Local agriculture officials say at least 13 cows have died from the bacterial infection.

Casey County is preparing to begin vaccinating all livestock in Bubassy Sub-County in an effort to tame an anthrax outbreak in the area.

Anthrax is a bacterial pathogen in cattle and wild the animals. Ruminants such as bison, cattle, sheep, and goats are highly susceptible and horses can also be infected.

Anthrax is very dangerous Illness of cattle because it can cause speeding Loss for a large number of animals in So short the time. Affected animals are often found dead with no disease detected.

When conditions become favorable, the spores germinate colonies from bacteria. that Example Will be grazing The cow swallows the germs in it the cowThey germinate, grow and spread Recently killing animal. Causing anthrax bacteriaAnd hard anthrax. This is spore formation bacteria can live In the environment for decades because of its ability to resist heat, cold, drought, etc. This is it Usually the infectious stage of anthrax.

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There are no reports of human-to-human transmission of anthrax. People contract anthrax by handling contaminated animals or animal productsconsumption of undercooked infected animal meat, and more recently, the deliberate release of spores.

There are three types of human anthrax of varying severity: cutaneous, gastrointestinal, and inhalational.

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