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No new anthrax cases reported in Altai territory

August 31, 2012, 13:29 UTC+3

The anthrax diagnosis was confirmed in four people in the laboratory tests

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GORNO-ALTAISK, August 31 (Itar-Tass) — No new anthrax cases were reported in the Altai Territory. Preventive and anti-epidemiological measures are continued in the villages Druzhba and Marushka in the Tselinny district, the main department for health care and pharmaceutical industry in the region reported on Friday.

The department reported that five people diagnosed with anthrax were brought to the Biysk central city hospital and the anthrax diagnosis was confirmed in four of them in the laboratory tests.

Residents from the village Druzhba, who were keeping in close contact with sick and fallen cattle, undergo preventive treatment. Eight of them were hospitalized in the infectious disease ward for a medical examination as a preventive measure. Necessary laboratory tests are being taken.

Specialists of the Russian consumer rights watchdog in the Altai Territory jointly with specialists from the territorial heath care department continue preventive and anti-epidemiological measures, particularly door-to-door visits, medical supervision of residents of the villages, disinfection measures in the places of the anthrax outbreaks in the villages Druzhba and Marushka. They have the required stock of medicines and disinfection agents.

The medical supervision over the residents in the villages did not expose new sick people. The vaccination of cattle breeders and veterinarians continues, rural meetings are being held, the residents are told about preventive measures.

Specialists of the veterinary department in the Altai Territory are conducting the scope of measures to avert the spread of the disease among cattle.

“The actions of all services are coordinated. Meetings of the territorial sanitary-anti-epidemiological committee are held every day under the chairmanship of Deputy Governor of the Altai Territory Daniil Bessarabov. The meeting will consider violations of the requirements to the disposal of biological wastes, the proper keeping of the burial places of fallen cattle. The situation is being kept under control,” a source in the health care department said.

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