A Reindeer Might Have Caused Siberia's Sudden Anthrax Outbreak
Local officials say they believe a reindeer died from anthrax decades ago. And thanks to a heat wave, the carcass thawed and released anthrax spores.By Briana Altergott | August 1, 2016
An anthrax epidemic is wreaking havoc in western Siberia 75 years after the most recent outbreak.
And scientists believe a thawed reindeer carcass may be to blame.
According to Russian media, officials say they believe the animal in question died from anthrax decades ago. And thanks to a heat wave currently affecting the normally cold region, the carcass thawed and released anthrax spores.