Anthrax kills two cows in Armenia's Kotayk region

Two cows infected with cutaneous anthrax died this week in Armenia's Kotayk region, according to a healthcare ministry official.

Liana Torsyan, an official with the ministry, said that the anthrax is contained and that an inspection is currently underway in the area, Armenpress reports.

"The people who had connection with the infected animals are under our control," Torsyan said, according to Armenpress.

In October, 15 residents of Armenia's Tsovak village in the Vardenis village complained of anthrax symptoms after an infected animal was slaughtered in the courtyard of the village. Only one of the residents tested positive for anthrax, reports.

"The circumstances showed that a courtyard (animal) slaughter was carried out, (and) as a result, that man was infected from the meat of the sick animal," Hovhannes Mkrtchyan, the veterinary inspectorate chief of the Armenian Agriculture Ministry, said, according to

Grisha Baghiyan, the country's deputy agriculture minister, said that the infected animal was an isolated case.

"We immunize our cattle against anthrax each spring and did it once again after having detected that case," Baghiyan said, according to

Residents of the village were wary of buying meat in wake of the infection.

"If they resume selling (meat) we will, most probably, refrain from consuming for at least a while, because of our concerns of buying infected meat," Zhanna Gevorgyan, a Vardenis resident, said, according to Armenia Now.