20 Nov 2018 17:52

Three hospitalized with anthrax in Kyrgyzstan

OSH. Nov 20 (Interfax) - Three people were hospitalized with anthrax after eating contaminated meat in the Jalalabad region of southern Kyrgyzstan, prompting an inspection, the chief physician of the region's Suzak district, Sooronbek Tashtanbekov, told journalists on Tuesday.

"Residents of the village of Yntymak in the Suzak district are being examined after consuming the meat of an anthrax-infected animal. Three people have been hospitalized, and they tested positive for anthrax," Tashtanbekov said, noting that locals started contacting the hospital on November 17.

"One hundred and eighty-seven residents of the village are undergoing a medical examination for suspected anthrax. All of them consumed the meat of the ailing cattle," he said.

"The first to seek aid was a young man who was in the pen with the ailing cattle. We hospitalized him. After that, doctors detected two more people with anthrax."

According to the Kyrgyz Health Ministry, 25 people have been hospitalized with suspected anthrax this year.