By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Indonesian weekly magazine, Tempo,co, reports that the six suspected anthrax cases reported in the village in Tulungagung, East Java have been released from the hospital after treatment.
It is believed that they contracted anthrax from their livestock after dozens of cattle were found dead from the bacterial disease.
Since the first case was reported on Wednesday, health authorities have found no new cases yet at the Sidomulyo Village in East Java.
Based on the samples collected by the veterinary center on the livestock and village residents confirmed that anthrax bacteria was found in the cattle but are still studying the skin samples from the residents. The team expects a report will be produced on June 10.
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.
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