More than 6000 people in China’s Lanzhou test positive for ‘Brucellosis’, details inside

More than 6000 people in China's Lanzhou test positive for 'Brucellosis', details inside
More than 6000 people in China’s Lanzhou test positive for ‘Brucellosis’, details inside

After the coronavirus pandemic, a bacterial infection called Brucellosis is being reported from Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province, China. The reason for this infection is a leak at a vaccine plant over a year ago. Also Read: Horrific: 4,000 pets Including dogs, cats, rabbits bought online found dead in China

The Health Commission of Lanzhou confirmed that over 6,000 people had contracted the infection, caused by contact with the bacteria ‘Brucella’. That represents a big jump for positive cases for Brucellosis, as of September 14 this figure was 3,245.

In one of its statements dated September, the outbreak originated at a biopharmaceutical factory owned by China Animal Husbandry Industry Co. The manufacturer used expired disinfectants to produce Brucellosis vaccines, during July and August of 2019. Also Read: ‘Walking’ Building in China! A 5-storey building in Shanghai relocated to a new location using Robotic Walking Machine

During the production, the bacteria were drained away along with its polluted waste gas. The contaminated waste gas later formed aerosols, which were carried down by the wind.

According to the World Health Organization, Brucellosis occurs with flu-like symptoms through direct contact with infected animals, by eating or drinking contaminated animal products, or by inhaling airborne agents. Some symptoms are so severe that they become chronic. 

At a press conference, the spokesperson of The Lanzhou government stated that as many as 55,725 people had examined in the city, of which 6,620 have tested positive for Brucellosis.

The first outbreak of this zoonotic bacterial infection was observed in November last year at the Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute. The Brucellosis vaccine plant was shut down in December 2019 and was broken down in October.

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