Anthrax – Indonesia
12 individuals have been tested positive for anthrax in Yogyakarta, after having consumed infected beef.
Anthrax is a bacterial infectious disease. The incubation time lies between 1 day and 2 months. The symptoms depend on how the anthrax bacteria enters the body, e.g. by inhalation or by direct contact. Inhalation anthrax is considered to be the most lethal form.
30 people consumed the meat, from these 30 twelve were tested positive for the virus.
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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