Anthrax outbreak in Kisumu.

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By JOSEPH OJWANG.

Kisumu county department of health is now on high alert following a confirmed anthrax outbreak that has claimed the life of a man.

A total of 40 people from Nyalunya village in Kisumu East Sub County have so far presented themselves for check up at the Kisumu county hospital following the outbreak.

County Director of Health Dr Dickens Onyango however says only four people are still admitted at the facility in an isolated ward.

Dr Onyango says the four are in a stable condition and will be released soon adding that those who came into contact with the dead animal should present themselves to hospital.

Dr Onyango says majority of the 40 people who had turned up had either ate the animal or participated in the slaughtering.

He says the cow had died mysteriously before the villagers decided to slaughter and share the meat without inspection.

He says the man who lost his life at the facility is among the five people who slaughtered the cow.

Speaking to journalists at the hospital Dr Onyango however says the general situation is under control both from health and veterinary officers in the county.

He however cautioned general public against eating dead animals adding that slaughtered animals must be inspected first.

Dr Onyango says there are three types of anthrax infections that include the skin, gut and respiratory system adding that the current outbreak is the one for the skin.

He says this was as a result of the contact they had with the meat adding that most of the patients had fever, body pain and general weakness,

He says the last time a confirmed case of anthrax was reported in Kisumu was in 2015 in Nyakach Sub County and it was controlled.

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