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Anthrax outbreak hits Nakuru

26 February 2014, 09:14 Chepkwony Robert

Nakuru - Residents of Nakuru County are a worried as cases of increased anthrax outbreaks continue to be reported with two people reportedly having died. 

A second cow has been diagnosed with anthrax, a week after two people died after consuming a dead cow with five people being admitted to the Rift Valley provincial hospital.

One of the cases occurred in Barut farm, with the second case happening in the adjacent estate Sewage, both in Nakuru.

Dr.Githui Kaba, Nakuru District’s veterinary officer said there might be anthrax outbreak and went on to say that measures have been formulated to curb the menace before it consumes more lives.

"We received a case of the death of a cow, and are carrying out tests to determine if it died from anthrax,” Dr. Kaba told the media.

Already, Nakuru County Public Health Officers has convened an impromptu meeting of health officers in the county to forge a way forward, especially having witnessed various cases of selling uninfected meat.

“Due to high number of meat transporters in town who are not registered, we have immediately embarked on registration of all meat transporters to flush out those illegal ones risking residents’ lives,” he added.

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