****NOTE: Anthrax is NOT a human virus. It is an infectious disease caused by Bacillus
Laboratory tests on meat samples from one slaughtered cow on a farm in Russia confirmed the presence of anthrax. This confirmation has launched a regional state of emergency in the republic of Kalmykia in Southern Russia. Twelve contact people are in the hospital.
The current containment strategy is vaccination: 512 head of livestock, 256 head of small cattle, 21 horses and 64 pigs have been vaccinated.
The region is particularly sensitive to this viral outbreak because there was a similar outbreak during the fall of 2010. That outbreak resulted in 3 anthrax confirmed bovine illnesses, and 8 people were admitted to the hospital, however none of the human cases were confirmed by laboratory test results.
ProMed article: http://promedmail.oracle.com/pls/otn/pm?an=20110109.0109
RIA Novosti news article: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110102/162024744.html