Earth Watch Report - Biological Hazards
|08.10.2013||Biological Hazard||Armenia||Multiples areas, [Regions of Lori and Shirak]|
Biological Hazard in Armenia on Tuesday, 08 October, 2013 at 08:01 (08:01 AM) UTC.
|15 people in Armenia’s northern and northwestern regions of Lori and Shirak were hospitalized after local health authorities suspected they were infected with anthrax, the health ministry said. According to a statement placed on the ministry’s official website, 3 people in the village of Artagyuh, Lori region were found on 4 Oct 2013 to have cutaneous (skin) anthrax. This caused health authorities to examine the village residents and discover 8 more people suspected to be infected with the disease. Lab tests confirmed that 7 of them had cutaneous anthrax. The ministry said laboratory investigations are continuing. These people have been hospitalized and are receiving appropriate treatment. The doctors said their condition is moderate with an improvement trend. A deeper study found that the probable cause of the infection was eating the meat of dead animals. Part of that meat had been sent to Gyumri. A subsequent study in Gyumri found 4 people suspected to be infected with anthrax. They were hospitalized; the laboratory research has not yet been completed. The ministry said its experts are working to detect and localize people with anthrax.|
|Biohazard level:||4/4 Hazardous|
|Biohazard desc.:||Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.|
Fifteen people in Armenia’s northern and north-western regions hospitalized with anthrax