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Tharaka Niithi Panic as Kenyans are warned off meat this festive season

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This is after a suspected outbreak in Samburu.

Kenyans warned off meat in Tharaka Niithi and Samburu following Anthrax scare play Kenyans warned off meat in Tharaka Niithi and Samburu following Anthrax scare (Courtesy)

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.

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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.

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