‘Practically no risk of anthrax spreading’ – Bulgarian environment minister

Disinfection of all retail stores in Varna that had been supplied with anthrax-tainted meat has been completed, while precautions had been taken at all stores, authorities in Bulgaria said, underlining that the preventative measures meant that there was practically no risk of anthrax spreading in the country.

Twenty-three shops, fast-food outlets and restaurants in Varna, Golden Sands, Kranevo and Byala were closed for tests and disinfection after it emerged that they had been supplied with anthrax-infected meat.

An abbatoir in Varna that had been found to have surfaces that tested positive for anthrax had been subjected to strengthened measures, Agriculture and Food Minister Dessislava Taneva said on July 23.

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