Drums made from contaminated animal hides can result in transmission of anthrax.

The risk is associated with untreated animal hides (goat, other) from a country where anthrax is endemic.


Release of spores can result in environmental contamination which can be widespread and persistent.


People at risk:

(1) drum makers

(2) drummers

(3) family members or co-residents


The risk of infection is greater for patients with an underlying comorbid condition affecting host defenses.


Types of anthrax reported:

(1) cutaneous

(2) inhalation

(3) gastrointestinal

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