(Yicai Global) Sept. 16 -- Some 3,245 people in northwestern China's Lanzhou have fallen sick with brucellosis due to mishandled emissions coming from China Animal Husbandry Industry's local vaccine plant.
The city's health commission reported the number of cases yesterday. By Sept. 14, more than 21,800 people had been tested for the infectious disease that can spread from animals to humans. Antibiotics can usually treat the illness.
From July 24 to Aug. 20, 2019, the Chinese animal health products firm's lab in the city had been using expired disinfectants when producing a vaccine against the disease resulting from Brucella bacteria, causing airborne emissions to leak into the environment, according to local authorities' research.
The factory was shut on Dec. 7 and the facility's license to produce brucellosis vaccines was revoked in January.
China had more than 21,700 brucellosis cases in 2018, according to public data.
China Animal Husbandry Industry’s stock price [SHA:600195] rose 0.3 percent to CNY15.08 (USD2.20) this afternoon after falling by the 10-percent limit yesterday.
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