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YEREVAN. – Anthrax has been recorded in a village in Armenia.

The Ministry of Health has received information that two residents of Getashen rural community of Armavir Province were transferred to capital city Yerevan infection hospital, and with boil-like wounds (cutaneous anthrax symptoms) on their fingers and wrists, the ministry informed.

The patients informed that a few days earlier, they had taken part in the skinning of the cow of a fellow villager, and the processing of the meat of this cow.

Six more fellow villagers were found with complaints characteristic of cutaneous anthrax. All were referred to the Yerevan infection hospital for clinical evaluation.

The DNA of the causative agent of anthrax was detected in five of these patients.

Medical supervision has been set up in this rural community.

Work is in progress to prevent the spread of this disease.

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