Piraeus anthrax scare is proved unfounded

A woman examined in a Piraeus hospital for infection with anthrax after presenting suspicious symptoms on her return from a visit to the USA was found clear of the potentially deadly disease, the government said yesterday. All necessary tests were carried out, and there is no anthrax outbreak, Health Minister Alekos Papadopoulos told journalists. The 63-year-old US citizen returned from the USA on Friday with a high temperature and a sore in her mouth, and checked into the Tzannio for tests. But the hospital’s special infections department found no trace of anthrax. Papadopoulos said Greece has sufficient stocks of vaccines against anthrax, adding that all necessary precautions are being taken and there is no cause for public concern.

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