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Anthrax Outbreak Reported in Kerala's Athirappilly Forest, 'Nothing to Worry', Says Collector

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Last Updated: June 30, 2022, 14:56 IST

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Health Minister Veena George said the presence of anthrax has been confirmed in wild boars in the Athirappilly forest area (Representational Image Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

Health Minister Veena George said the presence of anthrax has been confirmed in wild boars in the Athirappilly forest area (Representational Image Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

The health department is taking immediate steps to prevent the spread of anthrax, a bacteria naturally found in soil and commonly affecting domestic and wild animals when they contact it

Several wild boars have died in Kerala’s Athirappilly forest region in the last few days due to an anthrax outbreak, the state government said on Wednesday. Health Minister Veena George said the presence of anthrax has been confirmed in wild boars in the Athirappilly forest area.

“Wild boars have died en masse in the Athirappilly forest area. Subsequently, the Health Department, the Animal Husbandry Department and the Forest Department conducted an investigation. Samples of these were tested to confirm the case of anthrax infection," George said in a statement. She said the health department is taking immediate steps to prevent the spread of anthrax, a bacteria naturally found in soil and commonly affecting domestic and wild animals when they contact it.

The health department said the people who went to remove and bury the carcasses of the wild boars are being monitored. “They are also being given the necessary preventive treatment," it added.

“If animals, including wild boars, are found to be dying en masse, special care should be taken," the health authorities said and asked people not to go to such places. They also requested people to report to the authorities if any such cases are noticed.

There is nothing to worry about the deaths of some wild boars due to an anthrax outbreak in Kerala’s Athirappilly forest region in the last few days, Collector of Thrissur district Haritha V Kumar said on Thursday. Kumar, speaking to the media, said symptoms of the disease have not been seen in domesticated animals, including cattle of the area.

She said there was a rare chance of the disease spreading from animals to humans. “Therefore, there was no need for any concerns or fears," she said.

She further said that nevertheless, there was a need to move forward with care and caution and as part of the preventive steps, vaccination drives for cattle in the area were on. Meanwhile, State Forest Minister A K Saseendran, responding to queries on the issue from reporters in the Kerala Legislative Assembly, said the matter was being treated seriously by the Health and Animal Husbandry Departments.

He said the Thrissur Collector had called for a district-level meeting immediately on receiving reports of the wild boar deaths due to anthrax. The meeting was attended online by him and State Revenue Minister K Rajan, Saseendran said.

He said he has directed the concerned departments to keep him apprised about the situation with regular reports. Earlier, a senior district official told .

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first published:June 30, 2022, 11:15 IST
last updated:June 30, 2022, 14:56 IST
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