Russia: Anthrax outbreak affects dozens in north Siberia
Aug.2, Moscow: At least 90 people are undergoing hospital checks in remote northern Russia because of an anthrax outbreak that killed a boy on Monday.
According to hospital sources, eight people are confirmed as infected with anthrax, a rare but deadly bacterial disease. It is believed to have spread from reindeer.
More than 2,300 reindeer have died in the outbreak, in the Yamalo-Nenets region of Siberia. Reindeer-herding families have been moved out. A heatwave has fuelled the disease.
Now, Russia has sent troops trained for biological warfare to help deal with the emergency, reports said.
The Oslo Times International News Network