An anthrax outbreak in Siberia wiped out "some 1,500 reindeer since Sunday", making 13 people sick. Climate Change thawed a reindeer corpse from the last epidemic in 1941 outbreak.
First a heat wave hit Siberia. Then came the anthrax.
Temperatures have soared in western Russia's Yamal tundra this summer.
For the first time since 1941, anthrax struck western Siberia. Thirteen Yamal nomads were hospitalized, including four children, the Siberian Times reported. The bacteria took an even worse toll on wildlife, claiming some 1,500 reindeer since Sunday.
The outbreak is thought to stem from a reindeer carcass, according to NBC News, that died in the plague 75 years ago. As the old flesh thawed, the bacteria once again became active. The disease tore through the reindeer herds, prompting the relocation of dozens of the indigenous Nenet community. Herders face a quarantine that may last until September. [emphasis mine]