About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

After Cholera, Itís Anthrax for Disease-ridden Zimbabwe: Charity

by Tanya Thomas on December 2, 2008 at 11:06 AM
Font : A-A+

 After Cholera, Itís Anthrax for Disease-ridden Zimbabwe: Charity

On Monday, a charity has said that Zimbabwe may be on the brink of an anthrax outbreak after the disease recently claimed three lives people and now threatens to wipe out livestock in northern Zimbabwe. This will only add to the nation's woes as it continues to struggle with cholera.

Two children and one adult in the Zambezi Valley have died of the disease, which also threatens to kill 60,000 livestock in the region, Save the Children, a British non-government group, said in a statement.

Advertisement

Anthrax is a highly contagious infection that usually only afflicts livestock, but can be transmitted to humans who handle or eat infected animals.

Rachel Pounds, Save the Children's country director in Zimbabwe, said devastating food shortages were leading families to eat meat even from animals they know have died of anthrax.
Advertisement

"Many families in the Zambezi Valley are so hungry that they are taking meat from the carcasses of their dead animals, even if they know it's diseased, and are feeding it to their children," she said.

"If the animal has been poisoned by anthrax, those children could die," she added, calling the outbreak the biggest in Zimbabwe in nearly three decades.

Authorities have imposed quarantines to prevent the disease from spreading, but Pounds said that Zimbabwe's economic collapse left the country with few means to enforce them.

Zimbabwe is battling a nationwide cholera epidemic that has killed 425 people since late August and infected more than 11,000, according to government statistics.

Zimbabwe has been reduced to abject poverty after a decade of economic crisis and President Robert Mugabe's heavy-handed response to a political challenge from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Source: AFP
TAN/L
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Printed Temperature Sensors help with Continuous Temperature Monitoring
Health Benefits of Giloy
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021 - It's time to RISE
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Anthrax Cholera Bioterrorism 

Recommended Reading
Anthrax
Anthrax is caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis and spreads when the anthrax spores are ......
Bioterrorism-an interactive analysis - Animation
Interactive section of Medindia gives general the analysed information about bioterrorism...
London Drum-maker Dies After Inhaling Anthrax
A London drum-maker who inhaled anthrax spores while handling imported animal skins died Sunday, ......
Coming Soon: Vaccine Against Biological Weapons
Experts at the Society for General Microbiology have made a significant advance towards making a ......
Cholera
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine and is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use