Two more suspected anthrax cases reported in Bangladesh

On Tuesday, a person suspected to be infected with anthrax was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh while his granddaughter is under observation as a potential infection.

Mohammad Shahad Aliof Pabna’s Faridpur upazila in Bangladesh slaughtered and processed a sick cow four days before being admitted to the hospital, which caused the potential infection. His granddaughter “Happy” is under observation, reports.

"We are suspecting (Shahid) is infected with anthrax, but nothing can be said for sure without proper tests,” Sanjay Poddar, the hospital’s duty physician, said, according to

Professor Mahmadur Rahman, the direction of the Institution of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research, urged people not to panic but to instead become more aware of the disease. He said that doctors trained to manage anthrax infection can treat the skin infection and that it is not life-threatening if detected early. He also strongly recommended that sick cattle should not be slaughtered.

"The organism passes on to the human while handling sick livestock, but person to person transmission does not occur,” Rahman said, according to

Rahman said that people should dispose of dead animal bodies by burying them after wrapping them in plastic. Most people throw dead animals onto water bodies or in an open field.

"That helps the bacterium stay on the surface," Rahman said, according to

The government began reporting human infection of anthrax in August 2009. The total before the recent Sirajganj outbreak was 610 infections. Cattle tend to get infected while grazing during the rainy season when water brings the hearty anthrax bacterium to the surface. There are currently 12 anthrax endemic districts in Bangladesh.