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Anthrax outbreak under control
By Wu Yong (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-08 05:31

SHENYANG: An anthrax outbreak that has killed one person in Northeast China's Liaoning Province is under control, local officials said last night.

The cow-borne disease was discovered on July 29 in the farms of two villages in Damintun township of Xinmin city. Seven people were confirmed to have been infected and five others were suspected of having the disease. No new cases have been reported in the past five days, according to local health authorities. The two villages were yesterday still under supervision and nobody was allowed to enter without special approval.

All the infected people were being treated in hospital and were said to be in a stable condition, according to the official website of the provincial health authorities on Saturday.

The patients were infected with the bacteria through raising, slaughtering, processing, transporting, selling or eating infected cows.

All sick animals in the town have been slaughtered and buried to prevent the bacteria from spreading. All livestock in the affected areas have been vaccinated.

There are three types of anthrax; one that infects the skin, another the digestive system and the third the lungs of humans during close contact with infected livestock. The current outbreak is caused by the anthrax that infects human skin, experts said, adding that the bacteria can be killed if it is placed in boiled water for at least 10 minutes.

Anthrax patients can be cured by an injection of antibiotics if given in time, said the website. Vaccines against the bacteria, either for animals or for humans, are available.

(China Daily 08/08/2005 page2)

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