One person dies after consuming Anthrax infected meat in Kericho

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BY CORRESPONDENT,KERICHO ,30TH JUNE 2018-One person has died  and 28 others  hospitalized in Kericho after consuming meat said to have been of anthrax infected cow.

Kenegut Location Chief Sammy Koech says  residents had been instructed to slaughter the animal and bury the remains but refused.

Speaking to  journalists  Koech said that they divided the meat among themselves and took it home.

“A team of health officials was dispatched to the area after residents started complaining of ill-health,” he said.

One of them was rushed to Kericho Sub-County Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

The other residents were however treated and discharged.

Samples of the carcass were later taken to the veterinary lab and a test for anthrax turned out positive.

Residents  have been urged to avoid eating  meat labelled as unfit for human consumption.

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