"How is anthrax contracted?
Anthrax can infect humans in three ways. The most common is infection through the skin, which causes an ugly sore that usually goes away without treatment. Humans and animals can ingest anthrax from carcasses of dead animals that have been contaminated with anthrax. Ingestion of anthrax can cause serious, sometimes fatal disease. The most deadly form is inhalation anthrax. If the spores of anthrax are inhaled, they migrate to lymph glands in the chest where they proliferate, spread, and produce toxins that often cause death."...
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"What kinds of diseases does anthrax cause?
There are three forms of disease caused by anthrax: cutaneous (skin) anthrax, inhalation anthrax, and gastrointestinal (bowel) anthrax."
"...Inhalation anthrax is a very serious disease, and unfortunately, most affected individuals will die even if they get appropriate antibiotics. Why is this so? The antibiotics are effective in killing the bacteria, but they do not destroy the deadly toxins that have already been released by the anthrax bacteria."
"B. anthracis bacterial spores are soil-borne.
Public advised to desist from consuming carcasses
Source: GNA - Dr Saviour Denueme, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Veterinary Officer, has appealed to the public to desist from consuming carcasses to avoid contracting anthrax and other dangerous diseases.
Dr Denueme told the GNA in an interview that it was not advisable to touch dead animals with bare hands since one might not know the disease that caused their death.
He said some of the animal killer diseases were highly contagious and could kill anybody who came into contact with animals killed by such diseases.
Dr Denueme said anthrax, which was not common in the Brong-Ahafo Region, was creeping in, adding that the Region in 2014 recorded three outbreaks of the disease.
He appealed to the public to be cautious about the type of smoked meat they bought because most of such meat were carcasses prepared in the bush for the market.
Dr Denueme appealed to the populace to consume meat from the slaughter houses because such meat had been inspected and examined by veterinary officers as wholesome for consumption. Dr. Denueme said because of indiscipline and love for money, people secretly sold dead animals to consumers.
He said people were consuming meat which could break their vitamin ‘K’ systems to block blood flow in their bodies that forces the blood to come out from their nostrils and possibly lead to death.
Dr Denueme appealed to the public to call a veterinary officer to inspect any sudden death of their animals and not to unskin them secretly for sale to create health problems for consumers.
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