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  • Siberia: 13 people hospitalized, 1500 reindeer dead as melting permafrost releases anthrax spores
    In Siberia Hot Weather Melts Permafrost Releasing Dormant Anthrax Spores
    13 people hospitalized, 1500 reindeer dead
    July 30, 2016

    (INTERNATIONAL) -- In a graphic example of how a bit of warm weather can confront modern humans and animals with ancient threats to life, a heatwave in Siberia has thawed the permafrost.

    And with that unseasonable warmth, some long-dormant bacteria appear to have come to life and for the first time since 1941, anthrax has hit a portion of western Siberia. ..
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    Russia sends military planes, biohazard troops to fight Siberian anthrax outbreak
    Published time: 31 Jul, 2016 09:22

    The Russian military are assisting the local authorities in dealing with a deadly anthrax outbreak. The occurrence in western Siberia has already killed 1,500 reindeer, which are used as livestock by the indigenous people.
    The Russian Air Force is surveying the area in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area affected by the anthrax outbreak in preparation for the deployment of biohazard troops.

    Transport planes have delivered 200 personnel, some 30 all-terrain vehicles and all the necessary supplies for the decontamination mission, which is mostly disposing of carcasses of animals killed by the lethal disease, to the regionís capital Salekhard.
    Of the 63 people 40, mostly children, were sent to hospital for preventive treatment. Anthrax can be lethal in roughly a quarter of patients unless treated with antibiotics, but is rarely fatal under proper medical supervision. So far none of the patients have contracted the disease.

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