Date: Wed 30 Aug 2017 09:36
Source: AKIpress [edited]
The Kazakh authorities announced on [Mon 28 Aug 2017] that at least 3 more people from the central Karaganda region's city of Balkhash have contracted anthrax...
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Considering the numerous outbreaks in Karaganda in 2016 (see below), this is presumably a re-occurrence in relation to a severely contaminated site, or on a neighbouring farm. Any comments by an informed person in Kazakhstan would be welcome. AKIpress insists on being paid for anything over the 1st sentence of an article. Not having 190 som readily available I must depend on our Kazakh members for additional information. Logically it is the same old story of slaughtering and butchering a sick animal. - ProMED Mod.MHJ]

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Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:32:58 +0100

Astana, Kazakhstan, Feb 17, 2017 (AFP) - Seven soldiers died in Kazakhstan after being hit by an avalanche during a military exercise, emergency services in the Central Asian country said Friday.    "Sixteen soldiers were rescued. Unfortunately seven soldiers were found dead," Ruslan Imankulov, spokesman for Kazakhstan's emergency situations committee, told AFP by telephone.   "We hope the number of casualties will not rise."

The soldiers were participating in a military exercise in the southern Jambyl region when the avalanche struck, the defence ministry said in a statement.    The defence ministry did not say how many soldiers were involved in the exercise.   Avalanches are common in mountainous parts of Central Asia.   To the south of Kazakhstan are Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which are both over 90 percent mountainous.    Tajikistan last week appealed for foreign assistance as the death toll from avalanches across the country reached 13.
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:14:21 +0100

Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan 3, 2017 (AFP) - Kazakhstan said Tuesday it had lifted visa requirements for citizens of the European Union, OECD countries and a number of other states in a bid to boost investment and tourism.   The move, which follows a similar measure by neighbouring Uzbekistan, comes as Central Asia's largest economy has been battered by low oil prices and financial distress in neighbouring Russia.

The foreign ministry in Astana said that starting January 1, citizens of EU and OECD countries, as well as Malaysia, Monaco, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, could travel to Kazakhstan for up to 30 days without a visa.    The initiative was meant to "promote an even more favourable investment climate" and "develop the country's tourism potential", the ministry said in a statement.   "The move will open up additional opportunities to the business community for cooperation with the outside world and facilitate international contacts in different spheres".

The visa requirements for other countries have also been eased, it added.    Kazakhstan's landscape is dotted with mountains, lakes and desert, and the glitzy capital Astana is home to futuristic architecture.   Neighbouring Uzbekistan last month announced plans to roll back its highly restrictive tourism regime by cancelling visa requirements for 15 countries.    That move followed the election of interim leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who succeeded to the late strongman Islam Karimov.
Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016 14:30
Source: KazTag The Kazakh Telegraph Agency [edited]

The Ministry of National Economy reports, [8 hospitalized inhabitants of Karaganda have been diagnosed with anthrax; 2 deaths have been registered as of 27 Jun 2016, in Yerkindik [Erkindik] village.] The sick people are receiving treatment in the regional infection hospital.

The source of the infection was a sick cow. The people were infected after butchering it without veterinary control and selling the meat to 11 families in the village. The animal could have been infected in a nearby pasture with a free standing animal burial site and ineffective vaccination.
Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016 12:00
Source: Kazinform International News Agency [edited]

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov has tasked the Government to tighten control of anthrax burial sites in the country. "Yesterday [27 Jun 2016] we held a session dedicated to the anthrax outbreak in Karaganda region. The security at the anthrax burial sites spins out of control. We need to sort this problem out. I gave the corresponding instruction yesterday," said Prime Minister Massimov addressing Minister of Agriculture Askar Myrzakhmetov at the session of the Kazakh Government on [Tue 28 Jun 2016].

Minister Myrzakhmetov is set to coordinate the issue together with akims (governors) of the regions. "We will focus on this issue at the onset of the next session of the Government," Massimov promised.

The head of the Government stressed that all anthrax burial sites in Kazakhstan, not only in Karaganda region, must be strictly controlled. He also touched upon the lack of veterinary control in the regions at the session.
[The Prime Minister has spoken and the Minister of Agriculture has stated that action will be actively discussed at the next Government session. In the meanwhile, one can hope that veterinary activity will be upgraded and livestock owners made more aware of the dangers of butchering sick animals without supervision. In fact the Kazakh national incidence of anthrax had been radically reduced. I suspect that this added layer of senior oversight may well take the control programme home successfully.

Over the years I have seen a number of successful control programmes fail because when they reach that terminal stage of not much happening, it is prematurely switched off and funding removed, and back it comes. This Prime Minister interest can be mobilised productively. - ProMED Mod.MHJ]

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Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:57:40 +0100

Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec 29, 2015 (AFP) - Kazakhstan was hit by violent snowstorms on Tuesday, grounding planes and disrupting traffic in the capital Astana and other parts of the vast Central Asian country.   The emergency situations committee said that a bus travelling from the Russian city of Omsk to Astana turned onto its side outside the Kazakh capital but no serious injuries were reported. 

In what authorities called an "incredible blizzard", Christmas trees in the city of more than 800,000 were felled by the gales.   Airport officials told AFP that several domestic and international flights had been delayed.   Local media reported that some 26 vehicles had collided on a bridge in the city of Karaganda, some 200 kilometres (120 miles) southeast of Astana.

Astana is one of the world's coldest capitals, with temperatures currently hovering around minus 7 degrees Celsius (19 Fahrenheit).   But city officials told a local newspaper last week that warmer than usual temperatures had complicated the construction of an "ice town" in Astana's centre.    Kazakhstan has portrayed itself as a winter sports hub in recent years, hosting the Asian Winter Games in 2011 and bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which it lost to Beijing.
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