Two people have reportedly died after eating meat suspected to be infected with Anthrax disease. This is definitely not a welcome development. It took place at Widnaba, in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region. Three others are said to be at the hospital for the same disease.
On March 1, it was reported that some animals fell sick and died. Some people who ate the meat of those infected animals reportedly developed symptoms of anthrax disease shortly after. The District Health Director, Mr Benjamin Aggrey, said after a sensitization programme organized by the District Health Administration (DHA) in the community, that investigations by the agency revealed the cause of the two deaths to be the anthrax disease.
Drugs have been distributed in the area to over 30 people and measures have been taken to cater for the health needs of the families of the deceased who also consumed the meat. Also measures have also been taken to sensitize the people in the area. They have been advised to desist from eating the meat of dead animals without proper examination by veterinary officers.
The Chief through to who most of these information was relayed, gave his word to pass it on to the people so as to prevent similar occurrence.
Mr Alhassan Iddi, the District Veterinary Officer, also revealed that only one community had so far been affected by the disease. He also said that technical officers in the area were assessing the situation while they awaited vaccines for the animals.
Anthrax is a deadly disease which is caused by a bacterium, Bacillus Anthracis. It mostly affects animals but can It can be transmitted through contact with infected meat. People have been advised to be very cautious with their consumption of meat especially dead meat, as diseases like this are not always physically detectable.