Thousands infected … a new disease strikes China

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The authorities in China announced that thousands of people in the northwest of the country had tested positive for a bacterial disease, which was spread by a leak in a biological pharmaceutical company last year.

According to the network “CNN” America, the Health Committee confirmed the city of Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province, infection of 3,245 people with brucellosis, which is often a result of contact with livestock that carries those bacteria.

The city health committee said another 1,401 people had initially tested positive, although no deaths had been reported.

In all, the authorities have tested 21,847 people out of a population of 2.9 million in the city.

According to the American Network, this disease, also known as Malta fever or Mediterranean fever, can cause symptoms including headache, muscle pain, fever and fatigue, while these symptoms may subside, but some symptoms can become chronic or never disappear, such as: Arthritis or swelling in certain organs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States.

The centers confirmed that the transmission of infection from one person to another is very rare, as most people become infected by eating contaminated food or inhaling these bacteria.

The American Network pointed out that the outbreak of this disease resulted from a leak in a biological pharmaceutical factory between late July and late August of last year, according to the city health committee, during a vaccine for the disease, as the factory used expired disinfectants and did not eliminate all bacteria, which led to its drinking Air, and transported it to the Lanzhou Institute of Veterinary Research, where it first appeared.

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