Meat  vendors at  Kenol  market  have  decried a drop in sales  and low  business  since  the emergence of reports that   there is  an  anthrax  outbreak at the  neighboring Kiambu County.

According to  the vendors, business has been  recording  low clientele  for  the past one   week due  to the reports  that  there  is an  outbreak of the killer disease.

Gichohi Kamande who operates butchery at the busy market says that his business has not been doing well for the past one week.

“I have recorded huge losses here since the reports emerged that there was an anthrax outbreak. People have shunned eating meat,” he said, adding that meat being a highly perishable product requires cold rooms and freezers which they   are unable to afford.

He said he sources his   meat   from   Thika town due to the proximity from Kenol.

Gichohi pointed out that per day, he used to sell at least 150kilograms of meat but this is not the case anymore.

Drop in sale of meat in Kiambu County due to anthrax scare

“On average, now I am selling around 30 kilograms at Sh 30 per kilogram”, he said adding that before the anthrax scare emerged, a kilogram was retailing at Sh340, hence they are forced to lower the prices to woo customers.

Samson Maina operates a joint that deals with roasting, boiling and frying meat. He notes that for the past one week,  his business has not peaked up due to the scare. He attributes the low business to media  reports that  there is  an outbreak of  anthrax,  which has  made  many customers  to shun  eating meat.

“Initially, I could make on average Sh.5000 per day from my small joint, now things are a bit tough because I open my business as usual   and only a few customers flock here.

Charles Njoroge, a resident at Kenol town says that though he enjoys meat delicacies for the past one week, he has not tasted beef.

Njoroge says that when he heard about the anthrax outbreak, he shunned   consuming meat and all other by- products made from beef.

He noted that meat vendors from Kenol market source their   meat from Thika,  hence the probability  of getting the disease is high.

“My family now feed on vegetables and other cereals like beans and green grams and to substitute meat we eat eggs,” he said.

Last week, at least six people were treated   at Thika local hospital with symptoms of anthrax.

The six locals are said to be working as loaders and butchers at Makongeni slaughter house in Thika.

The slaughter has since been closed for disinfection by public health officials.