KENYA – In the wake of an anthrax outbreak in Kahumbu ward, Murang’a County, the local government has taken swift measures, banning the sale of meat and milk for the next 14 days.

The decision follows reports of 180 residents falling ill after consuming meat from a cow believed to be infected with anthrax.

The cow, owned by Margret Ngugi, was allegedly slaughtered after dying mysteriously, and its meat was sold to locals at Ksh400 per kilo.

Unfortunately, about 200 people who consumed the meat began developing health complications, including sores on their bodies, indicating potential anthrax exposure.

As a response to the outbreak, the county government has not only imposed a ban on the sale of meat and milk but also restricted movement in and out of the affected area to prevent the disease from spreading to neighboring regions.

County veterinary officer William Kingori emphasized the importance of the quarantine in curbing the spread of anthrax. He revealed that vaccination efforts have commenced for all animals in the affected area.

“During the two-week quarantine, local butcheries will remain closed, and farmers are advised to discard milk from their cows.”

Kingori warned that any meat or milk for sale must be sourced from elsewhere, with strict monitoring in place.

“It was discovered that the private vet who inspected the meat was unregistered, raising concerns about the credibility of the inspection process.”

Governor Irungu Kang’ata, who visited affected residents, expressed the need for authorities to track down the quack vet and hold him accountable for operating without proper qualifications.

He assured residents that the county government would cover the medical expenses of those affected. A mobile clinic will be deployed to the ward for the next 14 days to conduct tests and provide necessary medical treatment.

The governor urged security officers to apprehend the unregistered vet, emphasizing the potential risks posed to public health.

Meanwhile, the local government has promised to remain committed to ensuring the safety of residents, implementing measures to contain the disease and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.

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