Saturday, March 10, 2012

Anthrax outbreak in Peru

Thirteen people in the Otuzco province of the La Libertad region of Peru have contracted the bacterial infection, anthrax according to a report in La Republica.

The form of anthrax, cutaneous anthrax was confirmed Tuesday in the patients at a clinic in the small Andean town of Sinsicap.

At the time of this report, the source of the anthrax has yet to be determined, but it is believed to have been contracted after handling a diseased animal.

The report notes that there is no known anthrax vaccination program for cattle in the town.

La Libertad is a region in northwestern Peru.

Anthrax is found worldwide; however, there is more risk in countries with less effective public health programs.

Areas currently considered high risk are South and Central America, Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Source