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People Who Make or Play Animal Hide Drums

People playing African drumsWhile the risk of exposure from handling an animal hide drum is low, drums made in countries where anthrax is common, or drums made from hides imported from those countries, have been known to make people sick.

No tests are available to determine if animal products are free from contamination with anthrax spores. Be sure that any hide used to make a drum has been removed and processed according to existing government regulations.

The best way to ensure that drums are not made with contaminated hides is to be sure the hides came from:

  • Animals from the United States
  • Animals that were imported with an international veterinary certificate showing they have undergone the appropriate government inspection
  • Healthy animals

Animal hides are not allowed to enter the United States unless they have been treated to make them less likely to spread disease. People who make or play animal hide drums should mention these activities to their doctor if they develop a fever or skin lesions.

For more information on animal hides and anthrax, visit People Who Work with Animal Products.

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