Dozens Hospitalized With Anthrax Contracted From Thawed WW2 Era Reindeer


By Heather Callaghan

Snugly below layers of ice and permafrost on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia, a single reindeer carcass from the World World 2 era – host to many Anthrax spores – was just waiting for a good thaw in order to come forth and “spew anthrax.”

Anthrax-Spewing Zombie Deer

The “anthrax-spewing zombie deer” as Bloomberg calls it, was dated back to the World World 2 era. The area hasn’t seen anthrax since 1941, and was considered free from infection since the 1960s. However, the Arctic Siberian district has faced temperatures ranging from 77F to 95F for over a month. It is believed that when the permafrost melted, it exposed an old, infected carcass allowing bacteria “spores” to travel.

Anthrax is not just a biowarfare agent – it is a naturally occurring bacteria called Bacillus anthracis and used to commonly infect animals and humans that handled animals. Antibiotics can treat inhalation anthrax if caught early enough.

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Treehugger reports the sad results of the outbreak:

As of now, a total of 72 people from nomadic herder families are in the hospital, 41 of them are children. One child has died and eight others have been officially diagnosed with anthrax, notes the Siberian Times, it is expected that the number will rise as more testing is confirmed.

Compounding the tragic news is the death of 1,200 reindeer that have succumbed to the heat and infection from the disease.

People in the region have been evacuated and Russia has sent biological warfare troops – Chemical, Radioactive and Biological Protection Corps, to be precise – to help quell the emergency.

Both mainstream, corporate-lite and Russian outlets are attributing this incident to global warming with no further explanation. This story follows some other recent odd happenings in the Russian region.

Earlier this year, a U.S. lab based in Russia was eyed for causing an outbreak that killed 20 Ukrainian soldiers and hospitalized 200 others. There was headline talk of blaming Putin for this outbreak dubbed the “California Flu” which demonstrated the increase in conflict whether any real blame was there or not. Around the same time, another flu epidemic spread to civilians in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk.

Last fall, Russian scientists decided to dig up a dormant, 30,000 year old virus from deep within the ground – just to study its potential effects on humans. A week before that was reported, 60,000 antelope dropped dead in Central Kazakhstan and no one has a clue why. Kazakhstan is a country in between Russia and China.

Notably, both the U.S. and Russia are constantly at work with germ labs. They are the only two countries allowed by the U.N. to house live smallpox vials – in high security government labs – “just in case.”

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Heather Callaghan is an independent researcher, natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at Like at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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