Anthrax infections continue in Bangladesh

The number of reported anthrax infections in Bangladesh continues to rise, with eight more people found to be infected.

The eight new infections bring the total number of infections in Sirajganj and Pabna to 171, reports. All eight of the newest infections were from the Shahjadpur Upazila area, which has seen a total of 48 anthrax infections so far.

To fight the infections, which are believed to have stemmed from the consumption of anthrax tainted meat, teams have been dispatched to vaccinate cattle in Belkuchi, Kamarkhand and Shahjadpur Upazila in Sirajganj.

No human deaths have been reported to date as a result of the anthrax infections, which were first detected in Sirajganj on Aug 19.

he anthrax form affecting the Bangladeshi villagers is a cutaneous form that produces black lesions on the skin. While not directly transferable between people, anthrax produced spores are able to infect people through the air. As the threat of bioterror anthrax has grown, attention is also focused on preventing and containing naturally occurring anthrax breakouts.

Bangladesh is the seventh most populous country in the world. The south Asian nation also has the highest population density in the world among countries with more than 10 million people, according to a 2005 United Nations study.