Anthrax found on Swedish farm

A case of anthrax has been discovered at a cattle farm outside Örebro, in central Sweden. The diagnose was set on Sunday by the National Veterinary Institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska anstalt - SVA).

The Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) has now taken measures to avoid the infection spreading.

There is no threat to public safety.

One cow has been found carrying the infection. But over the past week several animals have died on the affected farm.

“We suspect that several have died of the same cause. But we’ve only tested one animal. The farm has a total of roughly 80 animals, and between 10 to 20 of them died recently,” said Gunilla Hallgren, veterinary at SVA, to news agency TT.

According to SVA, there’s no risk the the infection will spread to other farms.

“We think this is an old infection that has resurfaced following some digging in the cow field. We’ve received some unconfirmed information that there were anthrax graves there. But the infection doesn’t spread through the air,” said Hallgren.

“Only dying or dead animals are contagious, and these animals are never in the food supply chain.”

SVA states that the disease occurs practically worldwide. The latest Swedish case was found in 2008 – prior to that, no case had been discovered since 1981.

Humans can be infected if they have close contact with animals who are dying of the disease, or have died.

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Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport

Six people have been arrested following a break-in at Örebro Airport on Saturday night.

Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The alarm was raised just after midnight after both security staff and members of the public observed suspicious activity at the airport, which is served regularly by charter passenger flights and is Sweden's fourth-largest hub for cargo.

“Our patrols arrived just after the suspects had climbed out of one of the aircraft, which they had broken into,” Stefan Dangardt, police press officer in the Bergslagen region, told TT.

The people, four young men and two young women, have been questioned by police. They are suspected of serious theft as well as violation of public security laws, which forbid unauthorised access to sensitive areas such as airports.

Details of what they are suspected of stealing are unclear.

“This is far from terror or sabotage. It’s about youthful stupidity,” Dangardt said.

Five of the suspects were later released and one person remained under arrest. All six remain under suspicion of breaking the law.

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