Around 6,000 people have tested positive for the brucellosis bacteria outbreak in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province of Northwest China, according to the report of Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party’s tabloid newspaper.
Brucellosis disease, also known as Mediterranean or Malta fever, is said to have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle pain, and fatigue. Human transmission of the bacteria happens when a person gets contact with infected animals or animal products contaminated with the bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, the transmission of brucellosis bacteria in China is different. Global Times has reported that it comes from a leak of contaminated waste gas in a biological pharmaceutical factory in Lanzhou. The leak was then carried by wind down to the Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, where the outbreak has started.
The Communist Chinese government has so far tested 55,725 residents of the Yanchang Road sub-district and has verified that 6,620 were infected.
Based on an official investigation, the leakage incident reportedly happened between July and August last year (2019) after factory workers used expired disinfectants and sanitizers while producing brucellosis vaccines for animals. As a result, not all bacteria were eradicated; thus, it caused polluted waste gas to leak, which created an outbreak exactly a year ago (November 2019).
Eight people from Zhongmu Lanzhou biological pharmaceutical factory have been held liable for the brucellosis incident with the first compensation fund of 10 million yuan.
The state-owned tabloid newspaper cited in a separate report in September that the brucellosis vaccine production workshop was shut down on December 7, 2019 and was dismantled in October.
The brucellosis bacteria outbreak happened concurrently with the outbreak of the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China around November 2019 as well. Unfortunately, in July this year (2020), the novel Bunyavirus from tick bites also started spreading in Jiangsu Province, an eastern part of China, according to Global Times.