Anthrax Outbreak Alters Menu at World AIDS Day Commemoration in Rakai District

RAKAI,(UG)-Guests at today’s World AIDS Day national commemoration in Rakai District will not be served meat as the norm has been at most public functions in the area.

The resolution came following an outbreak of Anthrax which has so far claimed 17 lives and left at least 28 others sick in the nearby Kabira Sub County of Kyotera District.

Rakai District Health Officer, Moses Sakor, told our reporter today morning that they received a directive from the President’s Office to serve their guests with other sauce(s) for fear of slaughtering an infected animal.

The Ministry of Health confirmed an Anthrax outbreak on Monday this week, long after locals thought the disease was witchcraft. Humans acquire Anthrax, a bacterial disease, from infected animals or occupational exposure to affected or contaminated animal products.Now, the Rakai District LC V chairperson, Samuel Kaggwa Ssekamwa, has urged all residents to avoid eating meat when they are not sure about its source, with the Kyotera District Health Officer, Dr Edward Muwanga, committing to sensitize communities to contain the spread of the disease.

This year’s World AIDS Day under the theme: “Let Communities Lead” is being commemorated Rakai District, which is part of the Greater Masaka sub-region, where the first HIV case in Uganda was identified in 1982.