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Ghana bans meat consumption in the north over anthrax outbreak

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

Ghana has banned the slaughter, sale and consumption of meat in its northern region over a deadly anthrax outbreak.

The one-month ban also affects the movement of animals, such as cows, sheep, goats, pigs and donkeys.

Officials have also imposed a similar ban in the Upper East Region to avoid the spread of the disease.

One person has so far died and 13 suspected cases have been identified.

There are suspicions they ate anthrax-infected beef. Reports say at least 30 animals have died from anthrax.

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Contract tracing of those affected is being done by medics in a bid to curb the spread of the disease. Efforts are also underway to vaccinate animals free of charge in the two regions.

Anthrax is a highly contagious bacterial disease that affects livestock and can be transmitted to humans.

However, Ghana has a history of human anthrax associated with high CFRs. One study reported that nearly 1,000 persons died from anthrax in Ghana from 1980 to 2000.

Most cases occurred in northern Ghana and were attributed to spillover from infected livestock.

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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