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Anthrax case confirmed in UK, no risk for humans

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Staff writer ▼ | October 27, 2015
UK government said an isolated case of anthrax disease in a cow was confirmed at a farm in Wiltshire in October 2015 following the death of the cow.
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Farming   Last anthrax in Great Britain was in 2006
Movement restrictions were imposed at the farm and the animal’s carcase was incinerated. No other animals have been affected. The previous outbreak in livestock in Great Britain was in 2006.

Index:Wiltshire reports that a farm in the Westbury area is on lockdown.

"This case was rapidly detected and colleagues from Public Health England, Wiltshire Council, DEFRA, Environment Agency and APHA worked swiftly together to take robust action. The cow has been incinerated and movement restrictions are in place at the farm.

“The risk of infection in close human contacts of the animal is very low, and partners are in touch with any potential contacts to offer public health advice however there are no risks to the wider community.”


 

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