Anthrax SPREAD ALERT: Boy dies in Russia outbreak as disease returns after 75 years

Monday, August 1, 2016
By Paul Martin

A BOY has died from anthrax as eight more people – including three children – are confirmed to be suffering from the deadly infection.

Mon, Aug 1, 2016

Reports in Russia say the child, aged 12, succumbed to the outbreak amid new fears that its cause was an ‘awakening’ of the lethal disease.

He died on Saturday in northern Siberia, the day after his grandmother, and both are thought to have eaten reindeer meat infected by anthrax.

A total of 72 are in hospital under observation for anthrax.

The cause of the grandmother’s death has not been established yet but medics fear it will also be the disease.

Until now it was believed that a heat wave on the Yamal Peninsula had unlocked the disease after infected reindeer’s remains thawed.

Now Russian experts say the disease may have come from a cemetery used by local Nenets herders in the Stalin era or earlier.

It has already killed 2,349 reindeer, it was confirmed today.

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