Kisumu anthrax outbreak: One person dead, 6 others hospitalised

Kisumu anthrax outbreak: One person dead, 6 others hospitalised
An illustrative photo of anthrax PHOTO COURTESY: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

In Summary

Anthrax symptoms
  • Chest pains
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • coughing
  • sores
  • swollen neck

Kisumu County is on high alert over a possible anthrax outbreak after a man who ate meat from a dead cow died on Thursday.

Six other people are were admitted to the Kisumu County Hospital and doctors confirmed that they exhibited symptoms of the disease.

Kisumu County Director of Health Dr. Dickens Onyango confirmed the incident that occurred in Molem area of Nyamasaria.

A family reportedly slaughtered a sick cow and shared the meat with their neighbours leading to the death while he was receiving treatment.

Dr. Onyango further added that health workers in the county are on high alert for patients showing signs and symptoms of anthrax.

They have been cautioned against making direct contact with bodily fluids from suspected patients.

Some of the symptoms include chest pains, vomiting, nausea, coughing, sores and swelling.

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