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Human anthrax in India may be linked to vulture decline

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7282.320/c (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:320
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Human anthrax in India may be linked to the decline of vultures. Wildlife scientists in India suspect that a reported resurgence in anthrax among humans in some parts of the country may be linked to a sharp, unprecedented drop in India's population of vultures. Government epidemiologists say, however, that no evidence exists yet for such a link.

    Animal anthrax remains endemic in India because inadequate vaccination and lack of cooperation from farmers has kept livestock susceptible to the infection. But the incidence of human …

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