An anthrax outbreak in Zimbabwe has left one person and 25 cattle dead.

An anthrax outbreak in Zimbabwe has left one person and 25 cattle dead.

The deadly outbreak, which occurred in Chegutu and Seke, has led the Veterinary Field Services in the Ministry of Agriculture to begin a program that will see more than 100,000 head of cattle in affected areas vaccinated.

Beside Chegutu and Seke, the cities of Selous and Mhondoro are als in the affected areas.

Dr. Chenherai Jagu, director of the Ministry of Agriculture, confirmed the outbreak and warned citizens to avoid consuming meat with "suspicious" sources. Jagu also warned citizens in the affected area to avoid slaughtering cattle that appear to be sick.

Zimbabwe faced a similar outbreak in December 2008 that killed three people and threatened the livestock in the country's norther region.

During that outbreak, two children and one adult in the Zambezi Valley died of the disease. That outbreak was the largest in Zimbabwe in nearly three decades, a spokesman for Save the Children said.

Anthrax is often transmitted to humans who handle or eat infected animals. The people of Zimbabwe, who are direly impoverished as a result of President Robert Mugabe's response to decades of economic crisis, often are forced to resort to eating meat off of carcasses from diseased cattle to survive.