Anthrax – Indonesia

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Gunung Kidual, Hargomulyo Village, Indonesia potential anthrax exposure

10 residents were allegedly exposed to anthrax after consuming dead and slaughtered beef, samples of the test have not come out as of the date of the article, January 29, 2022. The chronological case of anthrax began with a cow who died suddenly on January 19th, 2022, that was consumed by 30 people. Of the 30, ten developed symptoms.

Symptoms of the 10 potential anthrax ranged from fevers, blistered, and hands due to wounds.

The meat has been destroyed by burning and the potential cases have been to the health facility for treatment.

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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