Anthrax outbreak reported in Russia's Altai region

The Altai region in West Siberia, Russia, reported an anthrax outbreak this week, according to the nation's food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

A man in the village of Bystry Istok contracted anthrax after killing a cow in mid-October. The cow might have become infected with anthrax at a local pasture, Bloomberg reports.

Rosselkhoznadzor said that no other people or animals in the area showed infection signs so far.

The watchdog service said that the last anthrax case to occur in the village was in 1964, Bloomberg reports.

In August, an anthrax outbreak killed a shepherd and infected at least one other person in the Altai region. The outbreak occurred in the Druzhba village in the Tselinsky district. A criminal case was opened related to involuntary manslaughter due to a sanitary rules violation, the Moscow News reports.

In the Druzhba village outbreak, the victim did not go to the hospital until a week after he noticed the infection. The man visited the hospital on August 24 and died the following day, Interfax reports.

Anthrax is caused by the Bacillus anthracis bacterium and occurs most commonly in goats, sheep and cattle. The disease can be lethal for people as well, causing skin and lung infections, according to Bloomberg.