Government warns about anthrax outbreak

SUNDAY SSEBAGALA

Government has warned the public against eating meat from animals that die from unknown causes as they risk contracting diseases. This follows a revelation that the 16 people contracted Anthrax, a deadly disease and they are currently undergoing treatment.

The ministry of Agriculture and Animal Industry and Fisheries confirmed that tests indicated it was anthrax although they did not clearly state whether the victims ate meat from a dead animal.

The cases are in the districts of Amdat, Abim, Amuriat, Bukedea, Kotido, Katakwi, Kumi, Kweni and Nakapiriti.

The outbreak of anthrax in some parts of the country has created fear among members of the public that the disease might escalate.

Speaking at the handover ceremony of veterinary medical equipment’s to chief administrative officers, the CAO Kween district, Michael Mwanje reported to the Agriculture Minister, Vincent Ssempijja that the out break is a result of cross border movement of animals from neighbouring countries like Kenya.

Anthrax is a life threatening infectious disease caused by bacteria that normally affects animals, especially ruminants.

Ssempijja urged the public to be extra care full and avoid the consumption of milk and beef especially in districts where suspected anthrax cases have been reported.

"Anthrax is a very deadly disease so people must be vigilant and careful what they eat," Ssempijja said.

Signs of anthrax include: sudden death of livestock, rapid decomposition of the bloated carcasses and blood coming out of all natural openings.

Anthrax can also affect humans if they come into contact with the blood or meat of an infected animal.

 

 

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