116 suspected anthrax cases in people

16 October 2019 | Agriculture

More than 1 800 animals have died due to suspected anthrax outbreaks, while 116 cases were reported in humans in the Kunene and the Zambezi regions.

A total of 104 suspected human infections have been reported in Otjitanga village in the Epupa constituency after the community ate or had close contact with carcasses of goats and cattle with suspected anthrax.

Three people have been admitted to hospital, but no deaths have been reported to date.

In an unrelated incident at the Katima Mulilo district hospital in Zambezi, 11 suspected anthrax cases in humans were reported. They apparently consumed meat from dead hippos that died of unknown causes.

One person was admitted for treatment, but has since been discharged from the hospital. No deaths have been reported.

Suspected outbreaks of anthrax have been reported in livestock at Otjitanga village in the Epupa constituency of the Kunene Region and in hippos at Lake Liambezi in the Muyako village in the Zambezi Region.

According to a joint statement issued by the agriculture and health ministries, 68 small stock, including sheep and goats, have died thus far, suspected to have been caused by anthrax. These cases were detected at Otjijanga village since 25 September.

In the Zambezi Region deaths of hippos at Liambezi were detected on 29 August and thus far 39 hippos out of the estimated population of 110 have died.

No cases of suspected anthrax have been reported in livestock residing near the lake.

The agriculture ministry has therefore restricted animal movements from, within and into the affected areas of Otjitanga and Myako villages.

Disease investigations are being carried out within a radius of 30km from affected areas to determine the full extent of the outbreaks.

Vaccinations of susceptible cattle, sheep and goats in and around the affected areas are also being carried out. According to the statement anthrax is a serious infectious disease and can cause general weakness, difficult breathing, staggering, trembling and abortion in animals. It can cause sudden death without prior signs of sickness. In humans the incubation period is usually one to seven days in the gastrointestinal tract, three weeks for cutaneous anthrax and 42 days for pulmonary anthrax. It is estimated that 2 000 to 20 000 human anthrax cases occur annually worldwide.

People should avoid eating meat from or having direct contact with infected animals or carcasses and use proper personal equipment when working infected animals or carcases.

Farmers elsewhere are urged to vaccinate their animals annually.

[email protected]

ELLANIE SMIT

Similar News

 

US cattle farmers worried about FMD in Namibia

4 days ago - 21 January 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe marketing and trade association for America’s one million cattle farmers...

Make use of rains through harvesting

5 days ago - 20 January 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKFarmers should take advantage of the good rains and make optimal use...

Pig farming holds great potential

5 days ago - 20 January 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKPig farming presents an opportunity with great potential when looking for new business ventures in the agriculture sector.Agribank’s technical advisor...

Late Norval hailed for integrity

1 week ago - 18 January 2021 | Agriculture

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKThe late deputy chairperson of the Meat Board of Namibia, Archie Norval,...

Eking out a living through subsistence farming

1 week ago - 18 January 2021 | Agriculture

Kenya Kambowe KAYIRAIRATo sustain her family of nine, a 51-year-old unemployed woman from Kayiryira village in the Kavango West Region still uses...

Typo exposes Namibia to animal disease

1 week ago - 18 January 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEKA typing error in an announcement meant to communicate government’s decision to...

Poultry imports from 10 European countries banned

1 week ago - 18 January 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEKThe importation of live bird species and poultry products into Namibia from at least 10 European countries has been...

FMD outbreak in Oshana

1 week ago - 15 January 2021 | Agriculture

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI The Windhoek central veterinary laboratory in Windhoek confirmed that two cases of foot and mouth disease (FMD) were...

Govt entities snub AMTA

1 week ago - 15 January 2021 | Agriculture

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUDespite a 2014 cabinet directive for government offices, ministries and agencies to prioritise the Agro-Marketing and Trading Agency (AMTA) when procuring food produce, little...

Grape season exceeds expectations

1 week ago - 13 January 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEKThe 2020/2021 Namibian table grape season started about 10 days later than normal and is ending on a high note...

Latest News

Nam has exhausted 75% of...

13 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUAccording to the World Bank’s 2020 Doing Business Report, Namibia’s ranking has deteriorated significantly in the last decade, falling from 66th place in 2010...

New year, same old auction...

13 hours ago | Fishing

MATHIAS HAUFIKUWINDHOEKTroubled state-owned fishing company Fishcor hoped to have secured N$33 million in an auction of fishing quotas whose bids closed on Friday, in part...

Govt backs Recon’s Kavango oil...

13 hours ago | Energy

KENYA KAMBOWEKAWEDespite a number of objections against the planned oil and gas exploration at Kawe village in the Kavango East Region, the government has given...

I owe GIPF nothing –...

13 hours ago | Business

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKBusinessman Ranga Haikali on Friday said he owes no money to the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) from the fund’s ill-fated Development Capital Portfolio...

New Shell service station opened...

13 hours ago | Business

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUThe new Oshakati Shell opened its doors over the festive season to an expecting public. With refuelling and eating options, the new Shell facility’s...

SA’s Mr Price posted a...

13 hours ago | Business

South Africa's Mr Price on Friday posted a 5.8% rise in third-quarter retail sales, supported by Covid-19 relief packages and demand for household items as...

MTC records 2.66 percent increase...

13 hours ago | Business

Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) on Thursday announced a 2.66 percent increase in revenue from N$ 2.613 billion recorded in 2019 to N$ 2.683 billion in...

SA’s Mr Price posted a...

13 hours ago | Business

South Africa's Mr Price on Friday posted a 5.8% rise in third-quarter retail sales, supported by Covid-19 relief packages and demand for household items as...

Heavy rain, flooding expected this...

13 hours ago | Weather

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe weather bureau has warns that heavy rain with localised flooding is likely in the Omaheke Region tomorrow.This will spread to the central-northern areas,...

Load More