Bangladesh declares anthrax outbreak over

Speakers at an October 11 meeting at Bangladesh’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research urged people not to fear rumors that anthrax was still spreading in the country.

Mahamudur Rahman, the director of the IEDCR, announced that there have been no positive identifications of anthrax in Bangladesh since mid-September, according to He also said that the large urban areas of the country were now completely safe.

"We have arranged the seminar specially bearing in mind the ensuing of Eid-ul-Azha so that the Muslim people can celebrate the Eid by sacrificing animals," Rahman said, reports.

Regardless, Mahamudur said, vaccination programs and other safety measures imposed by the government will continue in full to guarantee the safety of Eid-ul-Azha.

Rahman was careful to explain that government initiatives alone cannot dispel all of the fear people have over the outbreak and that everyone must be properly informed that anthrax originates in animals, not soil or air, so it can be safely dealt with. He said that, so far, none of the positive cases of anthrax have resulted in death, reports.

A representative from the United Nations Children’s Fund, Patricia Portela De Souza, was on hand to reiterate that Bangladeshis need not panic over the anthrax outbreak. Portela De Souza is a communication for development specialist at UNICEF.