17 people hospitalized in Zambia after eating anthrax-infected meat

2017-01-10 22:20:15 GMT2017-01-11 06:20:15(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LUSAKA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people have been hospitalized in western Zambia after consuming meat from cattle which died from anthrax, state-run media reported on Tuesday.

Anthrax has broken out in five districts in the western province, with 65,000 herds of cattle in the province at risk of contracting the disease. So far, about 40 animals have died in one district in the past week.

Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu however said the 17 hospitalized residents were currently in a stable condition and out of danger.

"I wish to confirm that there is an outbreak of anthrax in the province. So far, 40 animals died in Kalabo over the past week. Two cases have been reported in Shangombo and six cases in Nalolo district while another six cases were reported in Lumulunga," he is quoted saying by the Times of Zambia.

The official has however assured cattle owners in the province that the government was responding to eradicate the disease by engaging in massive vaccination campaigns.

The ministry of agriculture has since restricted and quarantined cattle in the affected areas to allow for vaccinations to be conducted. Enditem