10 admitted to Isiolo hospital after eating bad camel meat

Wednesday March 18 2020

Isiolo County Referral Hospital where 10 people are admitted after consuming uninspected camel. PHOTO | WAWERU WAIRIMU | NATION MEDIA GROUP


At least 10 people have been admitted to a hospital in Isiolo County after they are bad camel meat.

Officials said Friday that about 165 other people were treated and discharged.

The 175, including children and adults, consumed the uninspected meat from a camel that died mysteriously.

The victims were treated of vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach ache symptoms.

It is alleged that the owner of the camel had been directed to bury the carcass of the camel that died from unknown disease but ignored the directive.

Isiolo Public Health Officer Guracha Sarite said the 165 were treated at local dispensaries and allowed back to their homes.

Mr Guracha told journalists that the owner of the camel, who has since went into hiding, slaughtered the animal and sold the meat at local butcheries.

The officer warned local residents against taking uninspected meat or that from sick animals.

“Carcass of dead and sick animals must be buried and our people should ensure they eat meat that is inspected by our officers,” he added.

The county has stocked local dispensaries with water purifiers to protect residents from contamination and water borne diseases.

He said they were pursuing the owner of the animal so that legal action is taken against him for causing suffering to the many families.