As the world struggles against coronavirus, thousands test positive to another disease

As the world struggles against coronavirus, thousands test positive to another disease

- Thousands of citizens in China have tested positive for a bacterial disease following a leak at a lab

- A government-owned plant manufacturing animal vaccines experienced the leak last year

- Now, officials in Lanzhou say that over 3,000 people have contracted the disease

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The effects of a leak at a government-owned biopharmaceutical plant specialising in animal vaccines are beginning to emerge.

An outbreak of a bacterial disease linked to the incident has seen thousands testing positive in northwest China.

Health officials in Lanzhou say that brucellosis, a disease caused by contact with infected animals, has been contracted by 3,245.

A further 1,401 have also tested for early signs of the disease but authorities have denied transmission through people can be proven.

Thousands test positive for bacterial disease after lab leak in China
The outbreak has since thousands of confirmed cases. Image: Pexels
Source: UGC

eNCA reports that Chinese officials had found that an expired disinfectant had been used by the plant between July and August when producing the Brucella vaccines.

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This means that the bacteria had not been eradicated by the factory before the vaccines had gone on to be used for animals.

It was further found that contaminated gas from the factory had formed aerosols containing the bacteria.

The bacteria were then spread by wind to the Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute. This leak had gone on to infect nearly 200 workers in December 2019.

Xinhua reported that over 20 Lanzhou University students and faculty staff members had tested positive for the disease.

A local health authority recently commented that domestic animals, including sheep, cattle and pigs, were the most common spreaders of this bacteria.

Commenting on the situation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that person-to-person transmission of the bacteria is 'extremely rare'.

However, the entity warned that some symptoms may continue to reoccur and some may never go away.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, September 16, announced 126 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, taking to the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 56,604.

The new cases which were announced by the disease control agency were recorded in 17 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It was gathered that the FCT leads the chart with 37 cases while Lagos and Plateau follow with 27 and 16 cases respectively.

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