EpiCore RFIs: Anthrax in Kisumu, Kenya

Jul 19, 2019 | Lauren Goodwin | Outbreak News Featured Series

 

The HealthMap system was alerted to a media report for suspected anthrax infections in Kisumu, Kenya. Two people were hospitalized after presenting with symptoms of anthrax infection, including sores, swellings, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pains. One of the patients had died after being admitted to the hospital. The RFI was sent on 12 July 2019 at 8:11AM EST.

RFI responses provided an update to the outbreak, which is considered contained after 4 cases and 1 death were identified. All cases became ill after consuming contaminated cow meat. Suspected cases were identified in the community and treated. Authorities announced a mass livestock vaccination campaign and efforts to control uninspected meat in local butcheries. The anthrax outbreak was verified through the EpiCore system.

 

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