Small outbreak of anthrax in Kyrgyzstan

At least 7 people were hospitalized in Mailuu-Suu city in Jalal-Abad province after consuming meat that may have been contaminated with anthrax.

Anthrax is a bacterial infection of wild and domesticated herbivorous mammals that ingest or inhale the bacteria spores while grazing. The spores occur worldwide. Diseased animals can spread anthrax to humans, either by direct contact (e.g., inoculation of infected blood to broken skin) or by consumption of a diseased animal's flesh. Anthrax does not spread directly from one infected animal or person to another. Travellers can minimize exposure to this infection by ensuring that locally butchered meat has not come from an animal that died prior to butchering.

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