In Summary

  • Kiambu Director of medical services and Thika Level Five's medical superintendent Dr Jacob Toro confirmed adding that the eighth patient is recovering and in stable condition but being monitored.
  • Currently, over 300 direct jobs have been halted with the closure of the only slaughter house in Thika constituency. It slaughters an average of 140 cows on weekends and an average of 50 during the week.

Seven out of the eight patients who were last week admitted at Thika Level Five hospital bearing symptoms of anthrax have been discharged from the hospital.

Kiambu Director of medical services and Thika Level Five's medical superintendent Dr Jacob Toro confirmed adding that the eighth patient is recovering and in stable condition but being monitored.

"We are cleaning his wounds and monitoring his progress but we can confirm that he is in stable condition. There is no cause for alarm, we have had no further admissions since Wednesday last week," said Dr Toro.

Preliminary investigations have shown that the eight meat transporters had come into contact with a carcass outside Thika town’s public slaughter house.

However, the abattoir was closed on May 10 over fears that the eight may have visited the place and contaminated it.

INVESTIGATIONS

"We closed the slaughter house because the eight are people who regularly transport meat from the slaughter house. Our fears were that they could have visited the slaughter house and contaminated it without our knowledge.

“We are yet to find out where the eight transporters came into contact with the carcass," Kiambu director of veterinary services, livestock and fisheries development Dr Philip Ndarua said during a meeting attended by stakeholders at the closed Makongeni slaughter house.

Police are investigating where the eight allegedly slaughtered the infected animal whose carcass is yet to be found.

He said the abattoir will be opened soon after they are through with vetting all the transporters that carry meat from the factory and disinfecting the entire facility — both inside and outside.

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