21 Aug 2023 11:05

Human anthrax case recorded in Russia's Voronezh region - Rospotrebnadzor

MOSCOW. Aug 21 (Interfax) - A case of human anthrax infection has been recorded in Russia's Voronezh region, the regional branch of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) said on Monday.

"A case of human anthrax infection has been recorded in the Panino municipality in the Voronezh region. It was caused by cutting up an infected animal's carcass. The case has been confirmed by a laboratory of Rospotrebnadzor's Stavropol Anti-Plague Institute," the service told reporters.

Specialists are taking anti-epidemic measures. They have taken and are analyzing samples, have identified the patient's contacts and placed them under medical observation.

The Voronezh regional branch of Rospotrebnadzor is monitoring the situation, it said.

Earlier reports said an anthrax outbreak had been recorded in the Panino municipality, with an emergency declared in the area through November 16, 2023.

Anthrax is a highly dangerous infectious disease that develops in farm and other animals, as well as humans.