Four more anthrax cases in Bangladesh

Four additional people were diagnosed with anthrax in Kenai village in the Faridpur upazila of Pabna, Bangladesh, on Wednesday, which brings the total number of infections to 14 during the last three days.

Dr. Khalilur Rahman, the upazila health and family planning officer, said that the four infected individuals arrived at the health complex on Wednesday afternoon for medical care. Three of the infected are in their 30s while one is a teenager, The Daily Star reports.

The four new infections resulted from the handling of raw meat of a diseased cow that was slaughtered on June 9. On June 11, 10 people from the same village contracted anthrax, which has infected a total of 31 people in the upazila in the past two months, Khalil said, according to the The Daily Star.

Cutaneous anthrax, the anthrax skin infection, infects humans when handling products from infected animals. This can become inhalation anthrax by breathing in anthrax spores from infected animal products or gastrointestinal anthrax by eating undercooked meat from infected animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anthrax is classified as a Category A weapon of bioterrorism by the CDC. Anthrax was intentionally spread through the postal system by sending letters laced with powder containing anthrax in the United States in 2001, leading to 22 cases of anthrax infection.