Facts about anthrax
Anthrax is a zoonotic disease (could be transferred from animals to humans) caused by the spore-producing bacterium Bacillus anthracis.
Communicable disease threats report, 10-16 June 2012, week 24
During the week 10 – 16 June, an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Scotland, a case of anthrax in an injecting drug user and a measles outbreak in Poland are in focus.
Joint rapid risk assessment: Anthrax cases among injecting drug users, Germany, 22 June 2012
Following reports of two cases of anthrax among injecting drug users in Germany, ECDC and EMCDDA jointly prepared a rapid risk assessment.
Communicable disease threats report, 17-23 June 2012, week 25
Communicable disease threats report, 24-30 June, week 26
Communicable disease threats report, 1-7 July 2012, week 27
On 4 July 2012, Germany reported a third case where an injecting drug user had died of anthrax. This last case is of cutaneus anthrax. Microbiological investigations suggest that the strain in the first 2012 cases is identical or almost identical to the strain from the 2009-2010 cases.
Rapid risk assessment: Anthrax cases among injecting drug users - Germany, June-July 2012 - Update, 6 July 2012
This is an update to the joint rapid risk assessment published on 22 June 2012 by ECDC and EMCDDA on anthrax cases among injecting drug users in Germany. This is in response to a third case in Berlin. It contains information updated up to the 6 July 2012.