Anthrax under control in Azerbaijan

Yokchu Khanveli, the head of press service of the State Veterinary Service in Azerbaijan, said this week that the anthrax situation in the country is under control and stable.

Khanveli said that country holds a vaccination of livestock in the first two quarters of every year in order to prevent the spread of the disease, Trading Charts reports.

"There are potential sources of the infection in Azerbaijan, and if not to spend timly immunization of animals, anthrax can make itself known," Khanveli said, according to Trading Charts. "In the last decade of August, only one animal was diagnosed, but it died before it could infect other animals and was burned."

There were no other cases of anthrax, according to Khanveli.

Anthrax can be fatal in approximately 40 percent of cases when it is ingested into the gastrointestinal system. Inhalation anthrax can be lethal in as many as 90 percent of cases. Cutaneous infection, when anthrax comes into contact with the skin, is deadly in approximately one to 20 percent of cases if the patients get treatment early.

If the infection has time to develop inside of a person's body, the disease can become untreatable. People infected with anthrax receive antibiotics to treat the disease in its early stages. Anthrax can be transmitted from infected animals to people but is not transmissible between humans.