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Georgia reports 2nd human anthrax death of 2017

A 28-year-old woman from Poti, Georgia has become the second human anthrax fatality of the year, according to a Russian news source (computer translated).

Anthrax bacterium/CDC

Epidemiologist of the regional laboratory of the Ministry of Health of Georgia, Mak Gabunia said the individual was late in seeking medical attention, contributing to her death.

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The young woman had severe headache, vomiting, swelling in the throat, among other symptoms. The diagnosis of anthrax was confirmed by laboratory tests. The doctors of the infectious hospital had provided the patient with all the necessary assistance; however, unfortunately she could not be saved, the epidemiologist said.

It is not noted where or how she contracted the lethal bacterial infection.

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This was the second case of death from anthrax recorded this year in Georgia. In September, a resident of Adjara died of the disease. Prior to this, the last fatal case was registered in 2013, Interfax reported.

Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax can be found naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals around the world. Although it is rare, people can get sick with anthrax if they come in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.


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