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Two more people have been hospitalized with suspected anthrax
Two more people have been hospitalized with suspected anthrax in East Siberia's Republic of Buryatia, bringing the total number to 11, the republic's emergencies ministry said on Monday.

Seven people have been officially diagnosed with skin or intestinal anthrax. They are currently receiving medical treatment for the disease.

Last week, nine people were hospitalized in the republic's Barguzinsky Region with the suspected disease after coming into contact with sick cattle.

Medics were been placed on high alert and meat supplies from several villages, close to the potential source of infection, have been suspended.

A total of 210 people, who may have had contacted with the infection, are currently being treated with antibiotics.

Anthrax most commonly infects wild mammals and domestic cattle and sheep, which ingest or inhale the spores while grazing. Humans can be affected when exposed to blood and other tissues from infected animals.

Anthrax can be highly lethal, but in some forms it responds well to antibiotic treatment and effective vaccines are available against the disease.


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