Anthrax Hits Chuadanga
Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Government health officers have detected the first case of human anthrax in Chuadanga.

One Saddam Hossain, 35, was identified to be infected with anthrax at Mahmujumma village of the Sadar Upazila on Monday.

Chuadanga Sadar Upazila medical officer Dr Wajed Ashraf Delwar told that they were informed of villagers' suspicion about Hasan Ali, 30, his wife 'Papia', 26, and their son 'Nahid', 6, of Boalia village and Saddam Hossain of Mahmujumma village of being infected with anthrax.

On such information, a medical team along with district civil surgeon, Dr Lokman Hakim and livestock officer DD Ajoy Roy visited the spot.

Ajoy Roy told that they found Saddam to be infected. After conducting tests they said Papia and Nahid had gotten scabies.

"However, we could not check Hasan Ali as he is currently in Dhaka. Saddam left Dhaka after eating beef at a relative's house. He started showing signs of the disease after he had reached home," the livestock officer added.

Anthrax is an acute disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. Most forms of the disease are lethal, and it affects both humans and other animals. There are effective vaccines for anthrax, and some forms of the disease respond well to antibiotic treatment.

Anthrax cases were first detected on Aug 18 among 26 villagers in Sirajganj.

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


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