More anthrax deaths in Western Province

Six more people have died from anthrax in Sioma district, Western Province. This brings to 10 the number of anthrax related deaths in the province.

According to the national public broadcaster, Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Frederick Siyunda, district medical officer, and Kenneth Simbotwe, district commissioner, both confirmed the deaths.

Incidences of anthrax, a highly infectious and fatal disease in animals and humans, were first reported in November 2016, and confirmed last month. Before the new deaths were reported, the disease had claimed the lives of four people.

77 cases of human anthrax cases were recorded, 67 animals have died and more than 46 000 were at risk. Kalabo, Limulunga, Nalolo and Shangombo were affected. Sioma is the latest district to report cases.

Government has procured 36 000 vaccine doses to conduct mass vaccinations of cattle and animal movement is also restricted. Last week government reiterated its warning to the public to avoid eating infected meat.

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