“My husband and two other children were treated and allowed to go home. The youngest one is not in good condition,” she said.

According to the hospital's management, a public health team had been sent to the village to investigate the matter.

The hospital’s nursing officer in charge, Emanuel Roge said that the team would have various meetings with the villagers at Kalambani and Chalakati areas.

“We urge all those who consumed the meat to seek treatment,” he said.

He said the hospital's ambulance had been ferrying villagers to the hospital to receive treatment.

He said most villagers had been treated and discharged.

“We are still monitoring those who are still admitted here but they are in stable condition because they are responding well to treatment,” Mr Roge said.

Taita Taveta County police commander Fred Ochieng said the owner of the cow had been arrested.

Mr Ochieng said police had visited the suspect's home and recovered the cow's skin which would be used as evidence in court.

He said the suspect will be taken to court after investigations.

He also urged members of the public especially those from pastoral communities not to consume uninspected meat.

“Residents are likely to lose their livestock due to the ongoing drought but I urge them to contact a veterinary officer before they consume the meat,” he urged.

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