365 people currently fighting for their lives after consuming cheap poisonous meat.
365 people currently fighting for lives in Embu county, this comes after they purchased and consumed meat that was sub- standard.
One person has been confirmed dead, and hundred others are currently hospitalised in Embu Level 5 hospital, according to the county government reports.
In a suspected anthrax outbreak,it started in Gatumbi Village in Iriari Location in Runyenjes Sub-county after locals bought cheap and contaminated meat.
It was established that the deceased, who resided in Gatumbi Village, had helped his neighbour slaughter a cow, the slaughtered cow was later sold to hundreds of residents in Runyenjes, leading to the Anthrax outbreak.
Apparently he developed anthrax-like symptoms where he was rushed to Runyenjes Level 4 Hospital, but his health deteriorated prompting the doctors to refer him to Embu Level 5 Hospital.
Moments later, residents from the areas started complaints of vomiting, difficulty in breathing, tremors and lesions on their hands.
This drew the attention of the County Health Department who quickly swung into action to ensure the disease was contained and warned the residents to stay on high alert.
The county government stated,”Following the suspected Anthrax Cases reported at Runyenjes level 4 Hospital, the Department of Health Services – Embu Countythrough the Division of Public Health and sanitation swung into action to do line listing in the region.”
“This process was made possible by the active participation of the community health volunteers led by the County Surveillance Officer,” they added.
The county health department has further created awareness on the deadly anthrax disease.
They stated,”Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. The bacteria produce spores that can survive for long periods in the environment, making them a potential biological weapon.”
“Symptoms of anthrax can vary depending on the type of infection but can include fever, chills, cough, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and skin lesions. Without treatment, anthrax can be fatal, particularly in the inhalational form,” they added.
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