Anthrax outbreak

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/10 22:58:40

Chinese authorities confirmed on Friday that 14 people have been affected with anthrax in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

Since the outbreak on Tuesday, people in three places in the province - Huanan, Yilan and Qitaihe - have been infected with anthrax. As of Thursday afternoon, the number of infected patients reached 14, and one had been discharged from hospital, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Heilongjiang Province said.

Officials have taken measures to control the spread of the disease. Heilongjiang experiences occasional outbreaks of anthrax, especially when the weather is humid, rainy and hot.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis. The disease primarily affects herbivorous mammals, although other mammals have been known to contract it. Humans generally acquire the disease from infected animals.

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