Anthrax in northern locality in Vietnam

VIETNAM : HANOI – Ha Giang province, some 320 km north of capital Hanoi, reported nine cases of anthrax on human relating to consumption of meat from dead livestock.

During Sept. 17 to Oct. 9, medical centers in Meo Vac District in Ha Giang reported nine cases with clinical presentation of cutaneous anthrax. No fatality was record so far, according to Vietnam’s state-run news agency VNA on Tuesday.

Among the nine cases, there are four men aged between 24 to 30 and five children, reported VNA.

The medical agencies of Ha Giang have implemented preventive measures and sent samples to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology for diagnosis.

Anthrax is a disease caused by bacteria. Cutaneous anthrax presents a boil-like skin lesion that eventually forms an ulcer with a black center.

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