Human anthrax and vultures

Published: Saturday 31 March 2001

Human anthrax in India may be linked to the falling vulture population believe wildlife scientists in India. Animal anthrax remains endemic in India because of inadequate vaccination. The lack of cooperation from farmers has kept livestock susceptible to the infection. Over the past two years epidemiologists at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi have investigated two outbreaks of human anthrax. The researchers attribute both outbreaks to contact with carcasses or the consumption of roasted meat.

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