Two Russian clinic workers contract anthrax

Two female personnel members of a city clinic in Armavir, which is located in the Krasnodar region of Russia, have been hospitalized in an infectious disease clinic after becoming infected with anthrax.  

Anthrax, also known in Russia as Siberian plague, is an acute disease caused by the Bacillus anthracis bacterium. Preventative measures have been taken at the Armavir clinic where the women worked, Itar-Tass reports.

Another four people are in the hospital with additional potential cases of anthrax infection that may be related to the two cases.

Alexander Tkachev, the governor of the Krasnodar Territory, has assumed personal control of the situation, according to My South.

There are several effective vaccines against anthrax. Some of the forms of the disease respond well to treatment using antibiotics. Anthrax commonly infects both domesticated and wild herbivorous mammals that inhale or ingest the spores while grazing. Diseased animals may spread anthrax to humans by direct contact of an inoculation of infected blood to broken skin or by the consumption of a diseased animal’s flesh.

Anthrax is not spread directly from one infected animal of person to another as it is spread by spores. The spores can be transported by shoes or clothing. The body of an animal that had active anthrax at the time of death may also be a source of anthrax spores.