Anthrax, a rare livestock cum human disease, has hit parts of Bobasi constituency in Nyamache Sub County, inflicting economic losses and jeopardizing residents’ public health.
Several deaths of cows and human infections at Sugubo and Nyacheki have been reported prompting a cap by the authorities on livestock movement into and outside the areas which also border Transmara West in Narok.
Kisii county Director of Public Health, Dr. Richard Onkware confirmed that the four patients who were admitted at KTRH-Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital have been treated and discharged.
Onkware urged the public to be wary and report to relevant authorities on suspicion of people showing signs of infections.
He assured members of the Public of the deployment of officers to the affected area director to contain the situation.
Kisii county government through the Agriculture docket further announced a free and compulsory vaccination on livestock to contain the outbreak.
Margaret Obara, the County Executive in charge of the docket, disclosed the disease had since occasioned several deaths in dairy animals and hospitalization of some residents who consumed infected meat.
The nine days vaccination exercise, which had kicked –off, will cover a large area with the residents being urged to report further cases for attention by the government.
Affected farmers interviewed, narrated how their cows collapsed and died but those who skinned them feasted on the meet leading to infections within the families.
They cited profuse bleeding, skin ulcerations, and difficulties in breathing as some of the symptoms presented by the infected animals and humans.
The farmers petitioned the government to act fast and stem the outbreak to avert further compromising of their health and livelihoods. Area Mca, Nyacheki ward, Naftal Onkoba urged residents to quarantine their animals to curb re-infection.
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