South Africa suffers from such extremely poor governance that
veterinary and health care control standards have dangerously declined. And these problems could hurt you, even tens of thousands of miles away.
The South African government has taken steps to undermine a free press, and this has had disastrous consequences for government accountability where it counts most: in the food supply.
This "benign neglect" by the government now sees
such epidemic outbreaks occurring much more regularly than before 1991.
(Cholera also is rife and seemingly out of control among the human
population with hundreds of deaths since late last year, whereas before
1991, such outbreaks were controlled quickly without much loss of life).
Anthrax outbreaks in South Africa have gone totally unreported.
concern are the three outbreaks of anthrax since January
near Kimberley, which to this date still remain totally unreported by the South African
authorities to the International Epizootic Organization in Paris.
Twenty-six people became infected with anthrax after eating infected
carcass meat and required emergency treatment at Kimberley Hospital.
While anthrax is completely curable in humans with one kind of very
expensive antibiotic, such medications are not widely available in South
Africa. Kimberley Hospital had to send away for emergency supplies.
such outbreaks occur more frequently, anthrax will eventually also find
its way into the impoverished squatter communities of South Africa, with
devastating effect in a population already 55 percent infected with HIV-AIDS and
therefore vulnerable to all kinds of infections that would not
normally be deadly to healthy people.
The fact that some South African cattle are now reported with anthrax in
certain regions means that anthrax has escaped from the African wildlife
reserves - and now could also start entering the human food chain of
Western countries such as the United States and Great Britain, unless these countries
continue banning all meat products from South Africa altogether.
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