BONSERNEWS.com – Anthrax virus, a zoonotic disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, has become a lively topic of conversation in Indonesia in recent times.
Although the anthrax virus is rare in this country, some recent cases have worried the public.
They are concerned about the potential spread and impact of the anthrax virus on humans and animals.
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Cases of anthrax virus in Indonesia have been detected in livestock such as cattle and buffalo.
The virus can be spread through direct contact with infected animals, through exposure to soil contaminated with anthrax spores, or through consumption of infected meat.
Symptoms in animals include high fever, lethargy, and swelling of the infected area.
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In humans, the anthrax virus can cause three forms of the disease: skin anthrax, lung anthrax, and intestinal anthrax, each with different symptoms.
According to the National Animal Disease Situation Site, a number of anthrax cases have been reported in several regions of Indonesia since 2020, such as Jogjakarta, Gorontalo, East Java, Central Java, NTB and South Sulawesi.
Local government and health authorities have taken swift action to identify and isolate these cases to prevent further spread.
Such measures include vaccinating susceptible animals, destroying infected animal carcasses, and providing medical care to individuals exposed to the virus.
Prevention is key in controlling the spread of anthrax virus outbreaks.
The Indonesian government has stepped up prevention efforts by holding public awareness campaigns about anthrax and preventive measures that can be taken.