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Anthrax kills drum maker

3rd November 2008

A drum-maker has died after breathing in anthrax spores from infected animal skins in his workshop in London. 

The Health Protection Agency has cordoned off his Hackney apartment. The HPA's chief adviser Professor Nigel Lightfoot, said  the public were not in danger. He added: "We are, however, keen to reiterate to all individuals who make drums from imported animal skins that there is a risk of coming into contact with anthrax and that they should ensure they are aware of this and take precautions to protect themselves when making these drums."

 

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