25 More Get Anthrax in 2 Districts
Thursday, 09 September 2010

A total of 25 people have been found to be infected with anthrax in Lalmonirhat and Tangail.

Fifteen more anthrax affected people were contracted anthrax at Kisamat Harati village in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila in the second day -- raising the total patients to 71 in the district, the district civil surgeon said on Wednesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, 56 people were found to be infected with anthrax in the same village. Sirajul Islam Menhaz, an anthrax patient, said that Bhola Miah, a resident of the village, slaughtered his two ailing cows and sold their meat to the villagers. After that, they were infected with anthrax.

The local health department has set up a temporary camp at Balatari area and is providing treatments to the affected people.

Moreover, three five cows were found to be affected with the disease in the village. The livestock department has vaccinated the animals in the morning.

A two-hour long emergency meeting was held around 11am at the deputy commissioner's (DC) office with DC Mohammad Mokhlesur Rahman Sarker in the chair.

A medical team led by Sadar Upazila livestock official Dr Mir faruk Hossain has been vaccinating the affected cattle in the village and its surrounding areas.
Hossain told bdnews24.com that they had also been vaccinating the non-affected animals.

Rangpur divisional health inspector Dr Matiar Hossain along with temporary medical team chief and also the Sadar Upazila health and family planning officer Dr A F M Ahsan Ali Babu visited the spot in the morning.

The divisional health inspector talked to the patients and urged them not to be panic.

"We have adequate vaccines in our stock and we're doing our job properly. Our medical team is always working in the affected village," the health inspector told bdnews24.com.

The number of anthrax infection in Tangail has risen to 24 with 10 new cases at two villages of Gopalpur Upazila.

The infected from Dakkhin Beeldoga and Bonmali villages have been given free treatment at the Upazila hospital.

Earlier on Aug 31, 14 people were identified at Kurmurshi village under Ghatail Upazila.

Upazila livestock officer Dr Monaranjan Dhar told bdnews24.com: "The disease has spread from an ailing cow at Dakkhin Beeldoga village. But no one was infected because of consuming its meat."

The people involved in slaughtering and preparing beef have been seen to have developed lesions on their hands, he said.

They were sent to the Upazila health complex with the help of Upazila veterinary surgeon Dr Mostafa Ashraf. Upazila health officer Dr Mohammad Abdus Samad Sarker confirmed anthrax infection on Tuesday.

"All the cattle of the area have been given vaccine and specimens have been collected from the healthy cattle too," district livestock officer Mohammad Abdur Rashid said.

Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Suraiya Begum said: "Market monitoring teams are working to ensure cattle inspection before they are slaughtered."

The disease, although curable, has been spreading around the country since August 18 this year.

The government on Aug 31 declared a 'red alert', alarmed over the spread of this disease.

Source: bdnews24.com

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