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Tinder, Jay, “Fears rise that Scotland anthrax outbreak spreading,”, January 8, 2010.

  1. “The anthrax outbreak among intravenous drug users in Scotland has now caused six deaths and infected a total of 12 people, health officials have revealed.”
  2. “‘It is highly probable that the contamination of heroin by anthrax is accidental,” Gordon Meldrum, director general of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, said in a statement. “Production processes (of heroin) can be basic and often be conducted in areas where there is contamination from animal carcasses or feces.”

Anthrax, Scotland