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Zimbabwe: Anthrax - 87 Hospitalised, 177 Cattle Die

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EIGHTY-SEVEN people have been hospitalised after eating meat from cattle affected by anthrax.

The disease has so far claimed about 177 beasts.

Anthrax is a life-threatening infectious disease caused by bacteria that normally affects animals, especially ruminants such as cattle, but being a bacteria, it is easily treatable with antibiotics if detected in time.

Zimbabwe usually experiences anthrax outbreaks during the rainfall season because rains wash away the top soil and expose spores that can remain dormant in the soil for over 40 years.

Livestock, particularly cattle, take up anthrax bacteria while grazing on contaminated land. People get infected when they handle or eat anthrax-infected

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