An African musician and a family member both contracted a non-contagious form of anthrax, apparently from imported animal skins used to make drums, Connecticut officials said Wednesday.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton described one of the individuals as a renowned African drummer and drum maker who stored untanned animal hides obtained from areas of the world where anthrax is common.
A spokesman for the state Department of Public Health, Bill Gerrish, said a second member of the same family also had the disease. Both apparently had the cutaneous form of anthrax, which is not contagious and can usually be treated with antibiotics.
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