Embu county issues an update on the 365 people who consumed poisonous meat.
Embu County issues an update; In a report, the county government outlined that at least 1,000 may have been exposed to Anthrax after approximately 200 households bought the meat.
They stated,”The anticipated number of all those who may have consumed the meat is estimated at 1,000 since 200 households may have bought the contaminated meat. Three dogs and two cats have as well been affected by the contaminated meat and are on veterinary surveillance.”
They stated that apart from the surveillance done around the county, they plan on pooling resources that will help them create awareness around the county.
A manhunt was also launched for the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the Animal Health Assistant who posed as a meat inspector.
On March 20th, An urgent medical camp was organized and all suspected cases were screened and treated at Gatumbi dispensary. All the cost of drugs to the victims were waived by the county government.
Among the 365, one passed on. This incident happened last week, when a neighbour helped a man slaughter a cow lest did they know, they were being exposed to anthrax.
The deceased developed anthrax-like symptoms, where he was rushed to Runyenjes Level 4 Hospital for medical treatment. Later on, he was referred to Embu Level 5 Hospital after his health deteriorated.
Other who ingested the meat began complaining of vomiting, difficulty in breathing, tremors and lesions on their hands, this led to hundreds being hospitalised at Embu Level 5 hospital.