Statement from Mayor of Hackney

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said:
“Sadly a Hackney resident has died in hospital following treatment for inhalation anthrax. Our sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

“The Council is continuing to work very closely with the Health Protection Agency. We want to reassure our residents that inhalation anthrax is extremely rare and does not pass from person to person.”

The resident made drums from animal skins for a living. It was through making these drums that exposure to and inhalation of anthrax spores on an imported animal hide occurred.

Residents who live in the same building as his work studio have been informed and reassured that they are not at any risk of infection. The studio has been secured.

For further information, visit the Health Protection Agency website: or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.