Residents of Tharaka Niithi and Samburu Counties were warned against consuming meat this Christmas due to a suspected Anthrax outbreak.
The Tharaka Niithi county government issued a stern warning to its residents against eating meat that was suspect.
This is after 50 people were admitted in hospital in Samburu after consuming the meat of a dead camel that had been sick for days before.
Experts have warned that consuming meat of a dead animal is risky as most animal diseases are transferable to humans.
Meat safe for consumption (Wycliff's Kitchen)
To avoid anthrax infection, doctors have provided the following tips:
- Don't eat meat from unknown sources
- Only consume meat from an approved slaughterhouse. There should be a certificate of approval showing that transport from a slaughterhouse to the point of sale.
- The meat must have passed inspection from a certified veterinary officer and should therefore bear a stamp.
Anthrax has the following symptoms
- Coughing up blood, headache, itching, nausea, sore throat, or swollen lymph nodes
- It can also cause blister, dark scab, small bump, ulcers or fever.
- It causes chest pains or difficulty breathing
Should you experience any of these symptoms after consuming suspect meat, it's vital to consult a physician immediately.