At least 10,000 people have tested positive for a bacterial disease called brucellosis in northwestern China, the same country where the first cases of COVID were recorded just over a year ago.
The outbreak of the disease reportedly originated in the city of Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province, by a leak from a biopharmaceutical company in 2019.
Gansu health authorities reported that as of 30 November, 79,357 tests have been carried out, in which 10,528 people have tested positive for brucellosis.
According to the Lanzhou Health Commission, between July and August 2019, the pharmaceutical company Zhongmu Lanzhou had a leak at its factory, causing the outbreak.
Since then, brucellosis cases have begun to report. By the beginning of November, 6,620 cases were already in total and the increase was significant in the following weeks.
So far, no deaths from the disease have been reported.
What is brucellosis?
Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that usually occurs most in animals such as dogs, cows, sheep and pigs. It’s very rare for him to register with humans.
Its contagion can be through contaminated food, mainly un pasteurized milk or cheeses, or through contact with animal secretions. It can also be purchased by inhaling infecting aerosols.
Symptoms of the disease may include fever, headache, chills and body aches. Treatment to fight it is with antibiotics.
With CNN information.
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