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They contracted brucellosis and will be financially rewarded. It was after the use of an expired disinfectant.

More than 3,000 people in northwest China fell ill with brucellosis after a bacterium escaped from a biopharmaceutical plant that produces vaccines for animals, as confirmed in the last hours.

A total of 3,245 people They tested positive for this bacterium, a figure established after tests carried out since the incident, according to health authorities in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, which indicated that there was no human-to-human transmission.

A city state laboratory used a expired disinfectant in July and August 2019 in the production of brucellosis vaccines for animals, authorities said Tuesday.

As a result, the sterilization was incomplete and the bacteria were still present in the gas emissions of the company, the Lanzhou Biopharmaceutical Plant for Animal Husbandry.

The contaminated gas spread through the air to the nearby Veterinary Research Institute, where it infected nearly 200 people last December.

Brucellosis is a disease transmitted by livestock or animal products. It is generally not contagious between humans but can cause fevers, joint pain, and headaches.

The Lanzhou Health Bureau said on Friday that the bacteria usually originate from sheep, cows or pigs.

The lab had apologized earlier this year and had its license to produce brucellosis vaccines revoked.

Patients will receive a economic compensation starting in October, according to the Lanzhou authorities.

With information from AFP.

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