Anthrax outbreak in Bangladesh infects 16

A recent anthrax outbreak in the Rajshahi district of Bangladesh has infected 16 people who consumed contaminated meat.

Those who were involved in the slaughtering and handling of the infected beef are among the infected, according to The two slaughtered cattle were reportedly purchased from a local market.

"Those who were involved in slaughtering the cow and who ate its meat were slowly infected," Abu Salim Mahmud Hasan, an Upazila, or regional, executive officer said, reports. But they did not know it at the beginning. After taking treatment from upazila health centre and Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, they are almost cured."

Hasan added that all of the infected are being treated without cost.

"All necessary steps have been taken for the treatment of the infected people,” district civil surgeon Shahidul Islam said, reports.

“We are getting anthrax patients in the hospital frequently for the last couple of days,” Dr. Nazmul Huda Sumon, a physician RMCH, said, reports. Sumon also said that that their condition is improving.

A livestock officer was recently sent to the village of Khirshintikar in order to vaccinate domesticated animals. An upazila animal resource officer, Sharfiqul Alam, said that his department is monitoring the situation, reports.