Anthrax infections continue in Bangladesh

Five more people have been infected with anthrax in the Sirajganj and Pabna districts of Bangladesh, which increases the total of people infected in the two districts to 96 in the last few days.

In the Saranjganj district, two people in their 60s, one person in their 20s and one in their 30s were infected in the Char Angor village under the Shahjadpur upazila. One woman in her 40s was infected in the Kenai village of the Faridpur upazilla, The Daily Star reports.

A team of upazilla health officials led by Abdul Awal diagnosed the infected and took them under treatment. In Siranjganj, a sick goat was slaughtered and the meat was shared among those in the district. The local livestock department in the Pabna district reports that three local cows were infected with anthrax.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of cutaneous anthrax infections begin with a small sore that turns into a blister, which then develops into a skin ulcer with a black area in the center. The blister, sore and ulcer do not cause pain. A case of gastrointestinal anthrax has symptoms including nausea, bloody diarrhea, and loss of appetite and fever, followed by bad stomach pain. Inhalation anthrax infection begins with cold or flu symptoms like a mild fever and muscle aches with later symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, tiredness, muscle aches and chest discomfort.