Anthrax found in dead English heroin user

English health officials have announced that anthrax was discovered in the dead body of a 29-year-old heroin user in Leicestershire, England.

According to the BBC, both police and the Health Protection Agency continue the investigation into the death of Tom Forbes, who died August 26. Health officials told the BBC that this marks the fourth time anthrax has been detected in a drug user since February of this year.

Health officials have warned heroin users to stop taking the drug and seek treatment immediately. Dr Philip Monk, a spokesman for the East Midlands South unit of the Health Protection Agency, reassured residents there is no risk to residents who do not take heroin.

“I'd like to reassure people that there is no risk to the general population, including close family members of the deceased,” Monk told the BBC.

Tim Davies, deputy director of public health at NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland, echoed Monk’s sentiments.

“While public health investigations are ongoing, it must be assumed that all heroin in Leicestershire carries the risk of anthrax contamination,” Davies said, according to the BBC.

The results of a post-mortem examination, which was scheduled for earlier this week, have not been yet been made available.

Police arrested four Loughborough men in connection with the death. The four men, who were not named in the report, have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.