Bangladesh faces another anthrax outbreak

Health officials in Tangail, Bangladesh, have announced that approximately 14 people have been infected with anthrax.

Officials told that the 14 people were infected in Kurmurshi village under Ghatail Upazila, in Tangail. Additionally, two cows in the nearby Mujahati village also died of anthrax. As a result, free medical treatment in the region has begun.

Dr. Habibur Rahman, Upazila's executive officer, Dr. Sadar Uddin, the acting health and family planning officer, and Dr. Shibani Dutta, Upazila's livestock officer, have identified the victims.

Dutta told that a Kurmurshi villager bought a sick cow from Gobindasi Bazaar under Bhuiyanpur union on Aug 19. That cow was slaughtered on August 23. According to Dutta, the 14 men who slaughtered the cow and distributed the meat were the ones who were infected.

Dutta also said that a team from the livestock department has begun the task of vaccinating all of the cattle in the village and in surrounding areas.

“The disease is in the primary stage,” Uddin told “We have sufficient stock of medicine to provide treatment at free of costs. Five medical teams have been giving treatment to the patients in different villages.”

Approximately 163 persons in Sirajganj and Pabna were recently identified as having contracted anthrax, according to