By Weswa Ronnie
Kyotera District authorities have this week implemented a ban on the movement and sale of cattle and their products in Kabira Sub-county due to an anthrax outbreak.
Dr. Edward Muwanga, the district health officer, explained that the quarantine aims to curb the spread of the disease, which has already claimed 17 lives.
Currently, 28 individuals are hospitalized in various Kabira villages. Dr. Muwanga emphasized the restriction on meat consumption and associated animal products, stressing the importance of saving lives.
The quarantine will persist until confirmation from veterinary and medical experts that the disease is under control.
Anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis bacteria, is typically transmitted to humans through contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.
The Ministry of Health confirmed the outbreak on November 26, affecting villages such as Kyamayembe, Bugera, Nakatoogo, Mabaale, Kabutooke, and Kyanika.
Despite efforts, some residents continue to seek traditional remedies, hindering disease containment. Dr. Muwanga expressed concern that such actions might lead to additional health complications.
During the World AIDS Day commemoration in neighboring Rakai District, President Museveni cautioned against consuming meat without verifying its source, as it could expose individuals to anthrax.
Emax Kintu, the Kyotera health educator, emphasized proper disposal of carcasses and avoiding skinning dead animals to contain the disease. He reassured that taking the dissemination of information seriously would facilitate containment, highlighting that anthrax is not as contagious as Ebola or coronavirus.