Armenia reports two anthrax cases

Health officials in Armenia recently reported two cases of anthrax related to the slaughter of infected cattle in the Bogdanovka region of Georgia.

Armenia's Health Ministry said both men slaughtered cattle in Georgia's Pokr Gondura village on March 7. The two men returned to Yerevan, Armenia, on March 15 and sought medical advice on March 18, reports.

Healthcare workers conducted laboratory tests on the two men and confirmed the diagnosis of anthrax. Both of the patients are currently in satisfactory condition. One of the two patients is a Georgian citizen, according to

Armenia experienced its first outbreak of anthrax since July 2007 in October in the country's Gegharkunik province. The disease was first found on a farm on October 26 and on a second farm in the same region two days later. To protect animals against the outbreak, the ministry re-vaccinated 17 horses, 176 pigs, 2,626 cattle and 3,496 goats and sheep, Bloomberg reports.

Armenian Healthcare Minister Derenik Dumayan announced on December 6 that the anthrax pathogen was localized after two weeks with no cases. The ministry registered 55 suspected cases of anthrax since October with only 10 confirmed cases of the disease. Twenty-one people in total were hospitalized with anthrax symptoms in the Gegharkunik region and the ministry also registered animal cases in the Armavirskaya and Tavushakaya regions, according to