Uganda contains anthrax outbreak in South Sudan refugee settlement

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Jane Ruth Aceng, minister of health told Xinhua by telephone that the outbreak at Rhino Refugee Settlement in Arua district has been put under control with no suspected case reported in the last one month.

KAMPALA, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's ministry of health on Thursday said it had contained the Anthrax outbreak in a South Sudan refugee settlement that left one person dead and another hospitalized in the northwestern part of the east African country.

Humans generally acquire the disease from infected animals or as a result of exposure to contaminated animal products, according to the World Health Organization.

The disease caused by a bacterial, bacillus anthracis, broke out in the country in April.

The World Organization for Animal Health, an intergovernmental authority responsible for improving animal health worldwide, said in a report on May 18 that the disease had killed at least three people and 24 heads of cattle in Arua, Kween and Kiruhura.

She said even in other parts of the country, Kween and Kiruhura districts, the disease has been contained.

Anthrax primarily affects herbivorous mammals, although other mammals and some birds have been known to contract it.