Thirteen people, including a one-year-old child, have become infected with anthrax in Hukumpeta, Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India, according to local media accounts.

Cutaneous anthrax lesion /CDC
Cutaneous anthrax lesion /CDC

The patients, who were admitted in the King George Hospital last night,  all contracted the cutaneous form of the serious bacterial infection.

Reports note that all the victims contracted the disease through consumption of goat.

This is the first cases of anthrax reported in Visakha Agency in some six years.

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

Cutaneous  anthrax occurs when the spore (or possibly the bacterium) enters a cut or abrasion on the skin. It starts out as a raised bump that looks like an insect bite. It then develops into a blackened lesion called an eschar that may form a scab. Lymph glands in the area may swell plus edema may be present. This form of anthrax responds well to antibiotics. If untreated, deaths can occur if the infection goes systemic. 95% of cases of anthrax are cutaneous.