The Government of Sierra Leone announced on the 16th that there was an outbreak of anthrax in the port area of Loko in the northern province of the country, and there are no cases of infection.
The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone issued a joint statement on the same day, saying that the government was formulating measures to restrict the processing and sale of cattle and sheep and their related products, and recommended that people who have sick livestock in their homes should report to the relevant departments immediately and do not treat or eat them without permission.
In a separate statement on the same day, the Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone said that residents of Port Loko and its surrounding areas or people who have visited these areas since March should immediately report symptoms related to anthrax infection to the nearest medical institution.
Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by Bacillus anthrax. It is mainly prevalent in herbivores such as cattle and sheep. Humans are usually infected by contact with diseased animals or animal products, and often have symptoms such as high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.