Anthrax health minister declares end of anthrax outbreak

Armenia's minister of health declared this week that an anthrax outbreak in the country was over after no cases were registered for the last two weeks.

Derenik Dumanyan said that the outbreak was contained after registering 15 cases in the last few months. There were 55 people hospitalized for anthrax symptoms overall. Ten of the patients were confirmed to be infected with anthrax through laboratory tests, News Armenia reports.

Twenty-one people were hospitalized for symptoms in the country's Gegarkuniksky region alone and a resident from Ushi in the Aragatsotnskaya region was hospitalized in early November.

The country also registered animal anthrax cases in the Armavirskaya and Tavushakaya regions, News Armenia reports.

As of November 30, Armenia reported the deaths of six cattle as a result of the outbreak. Measures were applied to control the disease, including movement control, zoning, quarantining, vaccination and disinfection, TheCattleSite reports.

In late October, Grisha Baghiyan, Armenia's deputy agriculture minister, announced the first case in the outbreak in the Vardenis district. Fifteen residents in the village of Tsovak complained of anthrax symptoms but only one tested positive for the disease, reports.

The source of the case was determined to be an animal slaughtered in the courtyard of the village.

"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