The death of a drug user in Denmark from what is believed to be a batch of heroin contaminated by anthrax has prompted a warning from Swedish health authorities to the country’s heroin users.
The warning, issued Monday by communicable disease control officials in Skåne in southern Sweden comes following the death of a 55-year-old Danish heroin user at a hospital in Copenhagen.
“Copenhagen and Malmö are very close so after the death in Denmark, we thought it best to warn heroin users here about the possible risks,” Håkan Ringberg, an infectious disease doctor with Smittskydd Skåne, told The Local.
The Danish drug user died on Sunday after being treated for several days in a Copenhagen hospital. Traces of anthrax were subsequently found in the man’s blood.
According to Ringberg, the infection can’t spread between people and the warning is directed primarily at heroin users who inject the drug.