By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Minister of Health of Extremadura, José María Vergeles, confirmed this Friday a cutaneous anthrax case in a person from the Don Benito-Villanueva de la Serena Health Area, according to an El Mundo report.
The report notes the affected person is a veterinarian who participated in the necropsy of a cow in the Don Benito area. The individual has mild symptoms and is receiving treatment.
In addition, two other veterinarians have been admitted as a precaution exhibiting some symptoms after working on a equine necropsy.
In a press conference, Vergeles today downplayed the case detected in humans as it is mild, cutaneous, one of the three types of anthrax disease, along with digestive and systemic, the most serious. ” The possibility of human-to-human transmission is unthinkable, fundamentally special caution must be exercised in workers and workers of livestock farms, and in which a case of anthrax has been confirmed in animals they have to take special care and protect themselves, but not it has no more importance, only to treat the disease adequately, “said Vergeles.
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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