Second anthrax death

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HEALTH experts today confirmed a second drug user has died in Blackpool after being infected with anthrax.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said the 55-year-old woman, from Blackpool, died in hospital on Tuesday.

It is the second case of anthrax to be confirmed on the Fylde coast in three weeks.

Declan Wallace, 48, from Kirkham, died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital after falling ill at home on August 12.

The HPA said the source of the infection in both cases is presumed to be contaminated heroin.

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