Anthrax outbreak under control, Uganda says

The Uganda Ministry of Health recently announced that an outbreak of anthrax occurring in the country’s western region is now under control and should not cause panic.

The outbreak in the Sheema district reportedly left two people dead and is suspected to have spread to the neighboring sub-county of Bubaare in Mbarara district. Infected cattle have also reportedly been killed by the disease, according to

At least five people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began last month. The infected were admitted to the Kabwohe health center for treatment.

Dr. Issa Makumbi, a member of the health ministry’s disease surveillance division, said that countermeasures have been sent to the affected area and that a task force was put in place to stop further spread of the disease.

Fred Kafureeka and a colleague identified only as Boroba were recently identified as the deceased, reports. The pair reportedly fell ill after skinning a cow.

Those hospitalized are reportedly all from the same village, Mashojwa in Muzira Parish in Kagango Sub-County.

Anthrax most commonly affects hoofed animals, but humans who come into contact with infected animals can become sick, generally with the cutaneous form of the illness, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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