Three in Bangladesh infected with anthrax

A Bangladeshi health officer confirmed that three people have been infected with anthrax in the Santhia upazila in the Pabna district of Bangladesh and are currently receiving hospital treatment.

Three Chinanari villagers - Mirazul Islam, Chand Ullah Miah, and Sarwar Hossain - reported to the Santhia Hospital on Friday and were diagnosed with anthrax caught from processing the meat of infected goats, The Daily Star reports.

The health and livestock department of the Santhia upazila reported that two goats of Mamtaj Begum were infected with anthrax a few days ago. One of the goats died while the other was culled, which led to the infection of the three men, according to upazila health and family planning officer Monsurur Rahman.

Livestock department officials visited the area on Saturday and took steps to launch a vaccination campaign there, The Daily Star reports. Anthrax spreads during the country’s rainy season every year among cattle in the country.

Mahmudur Rahman, the director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, told The Daily Star that if the livestock department can continue vaccinations for five consecutive years, the anthrax will be contained. This would also contain the eventual spread of the disease to humans.

A high official of the livestock department said that there has, as of yet, been no report of anthrax in cattle this year, The Daily Star reports.