New anthrax infection reported in Bangladesh

Health officials in Kurigram, Bangladesh, have reported the first case of human anthrax as part of the nationwide anthrax outbreak.

The latest anthrax infections came on the same day that the government withdrew a red alert and reassured citizens that the spread of the disease had been contained, reports.

Dr. Golam Mostafa told that the latest victim has been identified as Shiuli Begum of Dhananjoy village under Omar Majid Union of Rajarhat Upazila.

Mostafa formed a three member medical board to treat Shiuli Begum. Mostafa said that the board will continue to detect and treat more anthrax patients if any are found. Mostafa also said this has been the first case of anthrax in his district.

“The district health officials were kept on highest alert,” Mostafa said, reports. “There is nothing to panic. We have sufficient vaccines in stock.”

The pregnant Shiuli Begum was treated for anthrax by the board. Begum was sent to the Omar Majid Union Health Centre to treat infections on her legs. She was then sent to Rajarhat Upazila Health Complex and then to Kurigram Sadar Hospital for further treatment for anthrax infection.

Shiuli told doctors that 10 days ago symptoms of infection were found on her legs after she consumed beef that her husband had bought from Forkerhat Bazar in Kurigram, according to