Northern Vietnamese killed by anthrax

A man from the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau has been killed by anthrax with suspected infection from buffalo, a province medical official said Saturday.

Lo Van Bo, 40, was killed after hospitalization at the medical center of Than Uyen District, said Pham Xuan Tan, a district preventive health official.

Tan said Bo was among ten people admitted to the district hospital with anthrax since the beginning of June.

The dead man was only sent in when his conditions have become critical with bleeding and sharp pains in the head, Tan said.

Bo had earlier involved in slaughtering a sick buffalo, and developed a black burned spot on his arm afterward, according to investigation.

Anthrax is a highly infectious bacterial disease affecting mammals, especially cattle and sheep.

It is transmissible to humans and can cause skin ulcers, pneumonia and even death.

By K.Nguyen – Translated by Cao Minh

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