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7 residents of Kok-Tash village hospitalized with suspected anthrax

In the village of Kok-Tash, located near the town of Maili-Suu, Jalal-Abad region, 7 people were hospitalized with suspected anthrax on February 5.

On January 24, residents slaughtered a cow belonging to one of their co-villagers. The meat was distributed to the residents of 36 houses in the village.

This meat was seized and sent for analysis to a laboratory in Nooken area.

Anthrax is an acute disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Most forms of the disease are lethal, and it affects mostly animals. Animals can transmit the disease to humans, but humans can not spread the disease between each other. Effective vaccines against anthrax are available, and some forms of the disease respond well to antibiotic treatment.

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