By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

A Notes from the Field article in the China CDC Weekly yesterday talks about two human anthrax cases in Shandong Province in Eastern China from mid-August.

Bacillus anthracis bacteria
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The two cases include a 14-year-old student and a 35-year-old man who were engaging in the slaughter of cattle.

The report notes the teen died from his illness, while the adult male was transferred to an infectious disease hospital for isolation and treatment.

The two confirmed cases were reported to the Shandong CDC as of August 15 and the authority formed a joint investigation team to determine the sources of the infection to prevent any further spread.

The investigation team found that adult male slaughtered sick cattle bought from Wendian Town in Yangxin County at the teen’s home on July 25.

Shandong CDC and related health agencies implemented a strict 12-day quarantine requirement for all close contacts of the 2 confirmed cases, including 24 that quarantined at home and 9 at centralized isolation facilities.

Investigators checked the cattle ranches and sheep farms simultaneously, but all tested negative.

China recorded several confirmed or suspected cases of anthrax in multiple places in August, including Beijing and North China’s Shanxi Province.

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