Handleing Raw Skins

Submitted by Scott on 2/22/06 at 4:48 PM. ( sdmaaze@earthlink.net )

Found this to be interasting - an artical on CNN website.

CNN) -- A New York musician has been hospitalized with anthrax symptoms that authorities say came from unprocessed animal skins used to make traditional African instruments.

Has anyone ever heard of this before?

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ive not

This response submitted by ben on 2/22/06 at 5:09 PM. ( )

Ive not heard of it hope it dont come my way!

Heard the same thing

This response submitted by PMVRWC on 2/22/06 at 5:12 PM. ( )

apparantly it is common in some animal skins and byproducts ? Nice to know but ust be very rare.

Rare but dangerous

This response submitted by Tom on 2/22/06 at 6:05 PM. ( tom@nuggetinternational.com )

I believe it was fairly common a few years back to have active anthrax spores present in wool and woolskins exported from India. Workers in the textile industry were recommended to have anthrax shots against the disease if they were handling Indian product. Hide, skin and wool factories in the UK used to have to post a scary looking warning poster with a full color photo of an infected anthrax pustule on human skin. This was to show employees what to look out for and to urge them to get the shot.

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