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52 Kenyans hospitalised after consuming poisoned meat

02 March 2016, 20:50

Nakuru - At least 52 people were hospitalised in Baringo County, Kenya, after consuming meat from a cow that had died from a mysterious disease.

The cow was said to have had diarrhea before it died, an eyewitness said, according to Citizen TV.

"It had diarrhea before it died. Then they slaughtered it and feasted on its meat. After consuming the meat, people … became as weak as the cow," he said.

They were admitted at the nearest Makutani dispensary, which was said to be understaffed and lacked sufficient facilities, forcing them to spend the night outside.

Doctors had to hang drips on trees and others on windows of the small facility in order to save their lives.

"I have tried to manage these symptoms from Saturday until today," said a health official at the dispensary, with reports indicating that 37 had already been discharged.

In the neighbouring county of Nakuru, police on Monday bust a cartel that slaughtered stolen donkeys and then distribute the meat to butcheries.

Reports indicated that the non-inspected meat was sold across the country, raising serious concerns among health officials over the quality of meat consumed by the public. 

- News24


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