More anthrax cases confirmed in Bangladesh

There have been six more confirmed cases of cutaneous anthrax infection reported among villagers in northeastern Bangladesh.

The infections were reported in the Siraganj District, located approximately 60 miles from the capital city of Dhaka. Over the past two weeks, 57 cases have appeared in the area. Public health officials claim the outbreak is under control and are urging the population to remain calm, according to

“At this stage, people are panicking more about losing their cattle than getting anthrax, as it can be treated easily in humans if diagnosed quickly,” Uddin Khan, a surgeon in the region, said, according to “The real danger is that tens of thousands of people are at risk of losing their livelihoods, as meat sales will drastically decline due to a lack of consumer confidence.”

Siraganj suffered an anthrax outbreak in mid-August when 495 people contracted the disease within one month.

According to Khalilur Rahman, a health officer in Siraganj, the outbreak began when villagers slaughtered an ailing cow. Those who processed and ate the meat originally came down with the disease.

There have been no fatalities in the area so far, as cutaneous anthrax is rarely fatal if treated early with antibiotics. Cutaneous anthrax produces painful boil-like lesions and ulcers on the skin and accounts for approximately 95 percent of all human anthrax cases, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.