Anthrax suspected in 3 deaths

An outbreak of anthrax affecting animals in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ankole sub-region in SW) is presumed to have filtered into the local human population living on the shores of Lake Edward, killing three. As the infection is most often acquired through the consumption of infected meat, livestock in the area will be immunised and meat sales temporarily suspended. Read more

Advice for travellers

The anthrax bacterium is transmitted to people in the form of spores which are can produce disease through consuming contaminated meat, through inhalation or via contact with the wool, hair or hide of infected animals. The majority of cases have occurred in people involved in the livestock industry, so infection is a low risk to travellers. Read more about anthrax.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.