A frozen reindeer carcass that lay dormant for 75 years might have sparked an anthrax outbreak in western Siberia. As the animal’s flesh thawed during an unusually hot summer, dormant anthrax bacteria activated and spread—hospitalizing 13 people, killing 1,500 reindeer,…
Awakening Ancient Pathogens
November 8, 2017
Global warming is allowing an array of forgotten pathogens to emerge from the thawing permafrost—and possibly reinfect humans.
A Dangerous Thaw
August 5, 2016
The first anthrax outbreak in Siberia in 75 years, possibly caused by the thawed remains of a reindeer, is an opportunity for scientists to learn from a scenario that, until now, has been theoretical.