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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Anthrax in Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW -- Twenty people have been infected with anthrax in Kyrgyzstan and more than 250 other people have been exposed, Interfax reported.

Earlier, Kyrgyz authorities said about 700 workers had been involved in butchering cattle that were sick with anthrax. But Health Ministry officials now say about 270 people had contact with infected meat, the Tuesday report said.

The government has imposed a state of emergency in southern regions of Kyrgyzstan, and regional authorities have been told to tighten control over the slaughter of animals and sale of meat, the news agency said.