Anthrax Infects 18 in Kiruhura

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A total of 18 people have been admitted at Engari community health centre III in Kazo County, Kiruhura district after reportedly consuming beef of cows that succumbed to Anthrax.

18 people are admitted at Engari community health centre III in Kazo County, Kiruhura district after getting infected by Anthrax.

Justine Turyabaho, a health worker at Engari Health Centre III, says that since last week, they have been receiving people with blisters on their hands and heads, which are some of the signs of anthrax.

Turyabaho says that patients could have eaten meat of cows that succumbed to Anthrax.
Dr Ivan Kamya, the District Health Officer says that they have embarked on a sensitization campaign to discourage locals from consuming meat from the dead animals.
He however says that the situation is under control.

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis. It normally affects animals especially goats, cattle, sheep and horses but can also be transmitted to human beings who eat meat of an infected animal.

According to the World Health Organisation-WHO, humans acquire the disease directly or indirectly from infected animals or occupational exposure to infected or contaminated animal products.

Last week, the Ministry of Health denied reports that there was an anthrax outbreak in the country in the districts of Kween and Arua.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.