Anthrax infections reach 599 in Bangladesh

There have been 10 more reported cases of anthrax infection in the Pabda region of Bangladesh in the last 24 hours.

According to the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research, which is operated by the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of cases has reached 599 since the outbreak began, reports.

Anthrax has been reported in 12 out of the 64 districts in the country, beginning with Sirajganj on August 18. Of the 10 new cases, five each were found in the Santhia and Faridpur areas of Pabda, reports.

On September 5, the Bangladeshi government responded to the growing number of anthrax infections by issuing a red alert throughout the country and forming committees in every district to try to stem the outbreak and coordinate efforts to fight the disease.

On September 19, the government formed a national coordinating committee made up of representatives of various ministries to coordinate government actions and facilitate the process of immunizing the country’s cattle.

On September 22, authorities seized the meat of a sick cow near Dhaka.

Officials have said that the government has received reports that some health department officials had incorrectly identified skin infections as cutaneous anthrax. There will be a training workshop held on September 24 to make up for any gaps in civil health training.