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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Kenya : Two die of anthrax in suspected outbreak

Via Saturday Nation :

" Two people have been reported dead in Murang’a District following a suspected anthrax outbreak.

The two, Mr Waititu Wanderi and Mr Michael Wariri Mwangi, from Gikandu village, died after consuming beef from sick animals.

According to a witness, Mr Macharia Hiuhu, a villager slaughtered his sick cow on May 8 and invited his neighbours for a feast.

Later, on May 15, another villager also slaughtered his cow which had similar symptoms.

But on May 23 Mr Wanderi, who was among those who had consumed the beef, died. Mr Mwangi died yesterday, raising fears that the animals might have had anthrax."

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