Anthrax outbreak spreads in Uganda

A recent outbreak of anthrax that killed two people and three animals in the Sheema district of Uganda is suspected of spreading to the neighboring sub-county of Bubaare in the Mbarara district.
Fred Kafureeka and his colleague Boroba died last week after reportedly skinning the carcass of a cow. Five people were admitted in at the Kabwohe health center IV since the disease broke out in Mashojwa village in the Muzira Parish in Kagango sub-county on October 25, New Vision reports.
Christopher Kyambadde, the district veterinary officer, said that four more cows died in a suspected anthrax outbreak in the Sheema district, which brought the number of dead animals to seven. He also said that a further outbreak was reported in a neighboring sub-county in the Mbarara district after one cow died and was buried.
Wilson Kafeero Mbonye, the veterinary officer of Buhweju who witnessed the burial of the cow in Mbarara, said that he warned the veterinary officers in the Mbarara district to take precautions.
“The cow died in Kyantambara farm belonging to Herbert Murangira," Mbonye said, according to New Vision. "I instructed people to bury it immediately because I never wanted them die after feasting on the carcass of the cow suspected to have contracted the disease."
John Lewis Barigye, the Mbarara district veterinary officer, said it was not confirmed that the cow died as a result of anthrax, but he advised the public to keep away from the dead animals to avoid contracting the disease.
“We haven’t established the cause of the death but we have imposed a restriction on the movement of livestock and their bio products in Bubaare sub-county as precautionary measures to stop the spread of the disease,” Barigye said, according to New Vision.