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There are fears that heroin contaminated with anthrax is being distributed around Oxfordshire.
The Health Protection Agency says one person has already been diagnosed with the infection. That person is now recovering, but others are being urged to be aware of the symptoms. Kate Bunkall reports.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that a person who injected heroin has been diagnosed with anthrax infection in Oxford. The patient is recovering.
This case has occurred after two drug users died from confirmed anthrax infection in Blackpool within a month of each other earlier this year.
There is an ongoing outbreak of anthrax among people who inject drugs in a number of countries in Europe with 12 cases now identified since early June.
The latest case in Oxford brings the total number affected in the UK to five. The source is presumed to be contaminated heroin.
It is unclear whether these cases are linked to others in Europe (four in Germany, two in Denmark, one in France) but the HPA is continuing to monitor the situation.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have concluded that heroin users in Europe are still at risk of exposure.
A person has been diagnosed with anthrax poisoning in Oxford after injecting a drug which was believed to have been heroin. The Health Protection Agency has confirmed an investigation has been launched into incident.