Armenian villager contracts anthrax

April 30 2004

Armenian villager contracts anthrax

YEREVAN, April 30 (Itar-Tass) – A case of anthrax has been
registered in Armenia, the republic’s chief state sanitary doctor
Vladimir Davidyants said.

Arutyun Khachatrian, 41, contracted the skin variant of the disease
while butchering a dead cow in the village of Aigabats, Shirak

Doctors in the hospital in the regional administrative centre of
Gyumry, former Leninakan, where the patient is undergoing a course of
treatment see his condition as satisfactory.

Anthrax killed nearly 40 heads of cattle in the village of Aigabats
in the middle of April. According to preliminary data, the animals
had contracted the diseases as a result of injection of non-standard
vaccine made in Armenia.

The hotbed of disease has been localized, said an official at the
Chief veterinary inspectorate of Armenia.