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Eight anthrax cases confirmed in Yamal — authorities

August 01, 11:32 UTC+3 YEKATERINBURG
According to the local authorities, a total of 72 people, including 41 children have been hospitalized from the area, where the outbreak of anthrax has been identified
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YEKATERINBURG, August 1. /TASS/. Eight nomads, including three children, in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous area have tested positive for anthrax according to the governor’s press service.

"Laboratory tests have confirmed that eight patients, among them three youngsters, have contracted anthrax. All patients are currently in intensive care. Preventive measures are being taken," the press office reported.

According to the local authorities, a total of 72 people, including 41 children have been hospitalized from the area, where the outbreak of anthrax has been identified.

"In all other patients, anthrax has not been confirmed. Most of the hospitalized nomads have tested negative. All of them are in the district hospital in Salekhard," the service said.

The outbreak in Yamal so far has killed a total of 2,300 reindeer, regional authorities stated on Monday.

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