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ANOTHER PANDEMIC? Thousands tests positive to another deadly disease in China

PublishedBy: in Nigeria NewsSeptember 20, 2020


The effects of a leak at a government-owned biopharmaceutical plant specialising in animal vaccines are beginning to emerge.

An outbreak of a bacterial disease linked to the incident has seen thousands testing positive in northwest China.

Health officials in Lanzhou say that brucellosis, a disease caused by contact with infected animals, has been contracted by 3,245.

A further 1,401 have also tested for early signs of the disease but authorities have denied transmission through people can be proven.

eNCA reports that Chinese officials had found that an expired disinfectant had been used by the plant between July and August when producing the Brucella vaccines.

This means that the bacteria had not been eradicated by the factory before the vaccines had gone on to be used for animals.

It was further found that contaminated gas from the factory had formed aerosols containing the bacteria.

The bacteria were then spread by wind to the Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute. This leak had gone on to infect nearly 200 workers in December 2019.

Xinhua reported that over 20 Lanzhou University students and faculty staff members had tested positive for the disease.

A local health authority recently commented that domestic animals, including sheep, cattle and pigs, were the most common spreaders of this bacteria.

#Brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria.
Ppl can get the disease whn they are in contact with infected animals or animal products contaminated with the bacteria. Animals tht most commonly infected include sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, dogs amng others. #health pic.twitter.com/XWb3UpNVSY

— Sanjita Panigrahi ।ସଞ୍ଜିତା ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ (@SanjitaPanigra2) September 18, 2020


Commenting on the situation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that person-to-person transmission of the bacteria is ‘extremely rare’.

However, the entity warned that some symptoms may continue to reoccur and some may never go away.

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