Bangladesh reports five more anthrax cases

Bangladeshi health officials have reported five new cases of anthrax in two administrative districts in the northwest of the country, Sirajganj and Pabna.

A total of 43 people in the area have reportedly contracted the disease since May 27, according to

A three member team from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research has been sent to the region to collect blood and other samples from infected people to be sent to Dhaka, the capital, for testing.

According to Shafiqul Islam, a district livestock officer, five teams from the local Upazila, or subdistrict, livestock department and an additional two more from Milk Vita, the trade name for dairy products manufactured by the Bangladesh Milk Producers Cooperative Union Limited, are vaccinating cattle in the affected areas.

"Moreover, they are conducting campaigns so that the people don't be panicked over anthrax and slaughter the infected cattle," Islam said, according to

Dr. Khalilur Rahman told reporters that 31 of the cases were found in the same village of Nagdapara. According to Rahman, who is an Upazila health officer, an ailing cow was slaughtered and those who processed and ate the meat came down with the disease.

"The patients have been given necessary treatments and advices," Rahman said, reports.