Bangladeshi minister says anthrax outbreak to be controlled soon

Bangladesh Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas has said that the anthrax outbreak currently plaguing his nation is expected to be fully controlled prior to the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha holiday.

"It's already under control…no anthrax was detected since September 18 and we hope it will be fully controlled well ahead of Eid-ul-Azha," Biswas told reporters following a meeting with the Bangladesh Tanners Association, The Financial Express reports.

Biswas also said that the nation's government would be compensating cattle owners who lost stock during the outbreak.

"We'll first calculate the number of the affected owners and then we'll compensate them after bringing anthrax under full control," Biswas said, The Financial Express reports.

The government, Biswas told reporters, has a sufficient stock of vaccines to fight further outbreaks and is monitoring the situation.

According to Bangladesh officials, more than 500 people have now contracted anthrax from infected cattle. No human fatalities have been reported to date.

Recently, a former health minister placed the blame on the nation's government for the outbreak, saying that the government failed to take action when the disease first appeared and then overreacted, causing panic among residents.

“It could be possible to control the disease quickly if the government created awareness among the people properly,” former Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf said, reports.