Anthrax outbreak in Binduri kills one; contact tracing efforts are underway


The Regional Director of the Service () has said that contact tracing efforts are underway after Anthrax outbreak in the Binduri District of the Upper East Region one person while 11 others are infected

He said in a statement that the victims consumed the carcass of cattle infected with anthrax.

“On June 1, 2023, the Regional Health Directorate received notification for two anthrax cases with one in Binduri District following the consumption of dead cattle.

“In all, four cattle have died in the affected community. So far, 11 suspected cases have been identified and contact tracing efforts are underway in the community.”

The statement, therefore, warned all districts especially those bordering Binduri to be on high alert, prioritise and intensify surveillance activities for anthrax at all health facilities and communities.

The statement urged the districts to manage suspected cases with Ciprofloxacin and Doxycycline and employ risk communication to sensitise communities.

“Community members should be engaged to desist eating dead cattle of unknown cause and appropriate linkages should be established with Veterinary Service in each district for a holistic control of the disease,” it said.

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