Musician reportedly had contact with natural anthrax sources
A New York musician has tested positive for anthrax that authorities say came from unprocessed animal skins used to make traditional African instruments.
“The man poses no public health threat of transmitting anthrax to the community or the health care providers caring for him,” the department said in a statement.
The 44-year-old man recently traveled to Africa, where he bought animal hides and took them back to New York City to make drums, the department said.
The man, who plays native African music, complained of flu-like symptoms before collapsing last week at the end of the Kotchegna Dance Company show at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, sources said.
“At this time, there is no indication that the exposure was from an intentional release of anthrax,” according to a release from the department. “The patient has a history of contact with unprocessed animal hides and recently traveled to Africa, where he purchased unprocessed hides.”
It adds, “Unprocessed animal hides can be a source of anthrax spores.”
I don’t watch much TV, but I admit I’m a bit of an addict to Law & Order (regular and SVU) reruns. I swear this was the plot in one of them.