Cagayan, Philippines – Twenty-two individuals from Cagayan showing symptoms of infection after getting exposed to Anthrax positive carabaos were isolated, the Department of Agriculture Cagayan Valley disclosed.
The Department of Agriculture(DA) Region 2 confirmed on December 22, 2022, that four carabaos tested positive for Anthrax, a disease transmissible from animals to human beings through cutaneous contact, ingestion, and inhalation.
Anthrax can cause severe illness in animals and humans.
These 4 livestock which came from Sto. Niño, Cagayan were subjected to testing after authorities were informed in November that the carabaos showed symptoms of anthrax such as lethargy, loss of appetite, hematuria or blood in urine, and sudden death.
It was on December 16 that the result came out positive.
However, two of the 4 carabaos tested from Sto. Niño were butchered and sold, exposing the people in the Municipality of Amulung. For this reason, around 133 individuals were exposed to the infected animals in Barangay Calassitan, Sto. Niño and in Brgy. Annafatan, Amulung.
Of the figure, 22 showed symptoms of cutaneous lesions and thus the decision to have them isolated to avoid further infection.
The Department of Agriculture Cagayan Valley cautioned the public to be more vigilant with the meat they are buying and eating. They also advised livestock owners to be more responsible by reporting to the agency should they observe any symptoms of anthrax from animals.
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