Anthrax confirmed in Russia's Republic of Dagestan

Two residents of a farmstead in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan have contracted anthrax, officials have announced.

The men are said to have contracted the disease after consuming sheep meat that had been infected with anthrax, Ria Novosti Media reports. Both men are said to be in satisfactory health.
Four other people at the Dagestan farmstead have been vaccinated to prevent further outbreaks. All sheep located at the facility have also been quarantined and investigated for anthrax. So far, no other cases among sheep or people have been reported.
Anthrax is a disease spread by infected hoofed animals. It can be deadly in humans, particularly in its weaponized form when spores are released into the air environment. Many cases of anthrax that originate from affected animals result in cutaneous outbreak forms in people, which are treatable in roughly 70 percent of cases.
Russia gained world attention in 1979 when an anthrax breakout killed an estimated 100 people. That outbreak was eventually blamed on an accidental aerosol release at a nearby facility. The case brought worldwide attention to the dangers of airborne anthrax.

Dagestan is a federal subject of Russian located in the North Caucasus region. Its 2.5 million citizens include a variety of ethnic groups, with Avars, Dargins and Levins making up more than 75 percent of the population.