The Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District suffered an anthrax outbreak in the summer of 2016. It is going to create a map of the infected areas now.
The map will be a reminder for reindeer herders, according to Dmitry Kobilkin, the District governor. It will show all the areas where they should not pasture reindeer.
“It was impossible to bury corpses of dead animals during the previous anthrax outbreak in early XX century. They remained on surface. That is why there may still be anthrax spores in the permafrost. Reindeer herders should avoid such places when driving reindeer. This is hard but absolutely necessary,” according Vasily Selivarov, a member of the Working Group for Eradication of Dangerous Animal Deceases Outbreaks of the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, as quoted by the TASS media outlet.
Specialist used archive data and indigenous population polls results when creating the map. The estimated infected area amounts to more than 2 million hectares. The map will be completed by the end of the year.
Virologists are close to determining what triggered the outbreak, according to the governor. The District develops a comprehensive set of measures for prevention of communication of such deceases.
Families of the herders who suffered as a result of the outbreak received all the necessary support. The local government allocated 93 million rubles from the budget for that.
“63 families were found to have suffered as a result of the outbreak. They were provided with dwelling, cloths, necessary utensils, and food. The only thing left is helping them recoup lost herd; the government will procure 2 500 reindeer in the spring,” Dmitri Kobilkin added.
The Prevention of Communication of Contagious Deceases under Changing Climate International Symposium opened today in Yamal. Its participants will adopt a resolution featuring a plan of action for eradication of contagions deceases outbreaks in the future. They will determine rules of conduct for those carrying out activities in the areas, too.