58 anthrax cases recorded among people in eastern Zambia

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/10/11 22:17:19

Authorities said 58 cases of people suffering from anthrax have been recorded in eastern Zambia's Chama district, state media has reported.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the affected people are currently undergoing treatment and added that no deaths have been recorded, according to the Zambia Daily Mail on Monday.

"We have not recorded any death as of now, but I can confirm that currently there are a total of 58 cases of people suffering from the disease and responding well to treatment and have been confined," he said.

Anthrax broke out in the district among hippos in September with 44 animals affected but the disease was not recorded among human beings.

People in the district have since been urged to desist from eating meat of dead animals such as hippos and buffaloes, adding that the dead animals have been a source of the outbreak.

A team of health experts is currently in the district in order to bring the outbreak under control.

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