One person has died of suspected anthrax in the Binduri District of the Upper East Region.
According to details, the person died after eating the carcass of an anthrax-infected dead cow.
The Upper East Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service, in a statement, said four cows died of anthrax in one of the suburbs of Binduri (name withheld).
The statement explained that a team has begun contact tracing of eleven people who are believed to have eaten the carcasses of the anthrax-infected cows.
“On June 1, 2023, the Regional Health Directorate received notification of two (2) suspected cases of anthrax with one death in Binduri District following the consumption of dead cattle. In all, four cattle have died in the affected community. So far eleven (11) suspected cases have been identified, and contact tracing efforts are underway in the affected community,” the release which was signed by the Director Dr. Dzotse said.
He warned all districts, particularly those sharing borders with Binduri, to be on high alert.
He has further asked them to intensify surveillance activities to prevent the further spread of the disease.
According to him, samples from all suspected persons will be taken for testing and will be treated with Ciprofloxacin and Doxycycline.