Anthrax – Indonesia
In East Java, Indonesia, the six suspected anthrax cases in the village of Tulungagung, were released from the hospital after treatment.
All six cases in the village of Tulungagung were released from the hospital post treatment. There have not been any new reported cases so far.
It is believed that they contracted anthrax from their livestock after dozens of cattle were found dead from the bacterial disease.
Photo: Bacillus anthracis from an agar culture with spores (blue).
Anthrax is an infection caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. It can occur in four forms: skin, lungs, intestinal, and injection. Anthrax is spread by contact with the bacterium’s spores, which often appear in infectious animal products.
The skin form presents with a small blister with surrounding swelling that often turns into a painless ulcer with a black center.
The inhalation form presents with fever, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
The intestinal form presents with diarrhea which may contain blood, abdominal pains, nausea, and vomiting.
The injection form presents with fever and an abscess at the site of drug injection.
Human anthrax is most common in Africa and central and southern Asia, though it can occur anywhere. Skin infections represent more than 95% of cases.
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