Anthrax outbreak in Zimbabwe quelled

Due to the efforts of International Medical Corps and Zimbabwean health authorities, an outbreak of anthrax has been brought under control in rural Zimbabwe.
A total of 40 people from the Mount Darwin and Mbire districts have been treated for the disease. Anthrax typically affects animals but can be transmitted to humans, causing skin ulcers and lesions and without treatment it can lead to fatal blood poisoning.
The outbreak was first identified on November 24 by Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. International Medical Corps worked closely with local district health authorities and the ministry, providing medical staff, medicine and clean water to treat the infected and prevent the spread of the disease.
The infected livestock and potentially infected meat from the region has been destroyed as a precautionary measure. International Medical Corps continues to monitor the area, though the outbreak appears to be contained. All people affected by the outbreak have been treated and no deaths have been reported. There is a concern, however, that the affected population will face food shortages as a result of infected livestock destruction.
“This was a great example of the growing self-reliance of the Zimbabwean health system, the response has been rapid, the measures taken were effective and the outbreak seems to have come under control," Marco Cernuschi, the health coordinator in Zimbabwe for International Medical Corps, said.
The financial support for the organization's work in Zimbabwe was provided by the United States Office for Disaster Assistance and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department.