Nine cases of anthrax in humans have been confirmed in southern Kyrgyzstan and some 30 patients are suspected of having contracted the disease. ?As of yesterday (July 15) we have nine confirmed cases of anthrax and 34 people have been hospitalized with suspected cases. All of the cases are the coetaneous form,? Jalalidin Gaibulin, head of the National Center for Quarantine and Especially Dangerous Infections, told IRIN from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on July 15.All the cases were registered in southern Kyrgyzstan ? in Jalal-Abad and Osh provinces. (IRIN)

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