The Ministry says all animals in the region are vaccinated against anthrax
County Director of Health Dickens Onyango said four people were admitted with anthrax
symptoms at the county hospital but are currently doing well and will be discharged anytime.
infections can be divided on the basis of the manner of infection into two main categories: naturally acquired anthrax
(representing by far the commonest type) and bioterrorism-related anthrax
(which is rare) (2, 3).
According to veterinary practitioners, anthrax
is an infection caused by a bacterium called anthrax
bacteria or Bacillus Anthracis.
A day after the first case, a 60-year-old female patient was admitted to the hospital with the clinical diagnosis of cutaneous anthrax
. When the patient was questioned, we found that her family slaughtered cattle for dinner in their daughter's wedding 10 days ago.
But Meru County Health Executive Meshack Mutuma, who led a team of medics including disease surveillance officers, veterinary doctors and health officers as well as police officers in addressing journalists, said the situation has been contained.Dr Geoffrey Koome, a medical officer from Tigania East Sub-County, said while results for tests sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) are not yet out, they are convinced that the patients are suffering from cutaneous anthrax
Two weeks ago, 13 people were hospitalized in Kara-Kulja with suspected anthrax
"We suspect an anthrax
outbreak, but our veterinary is still yet to confirm that," Apollinaris Kannyinga, The park's deputy director, said.
In 1915, British military officials began investigating cutaneous anthrax
appearing on the heads and necks of soldiers newly recruited to serve in the Great War (1).
is known to occur globally and it has been estimated that as many as 20,000 to 1,00,000 human cases of anthrax
occur annually generally in underdeveloped regions of the world where livestock are not vaccinated.
Doctor of the hospital confirmed that the patients were diagnosed with anthrax