Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Anthrax infects 586 in Bangladesh
The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, told TheFinancialExpress-BD.com that one of the new caseswas detected by government health officers in Chuadanga. The remaining two cases were found at Bheramara upazila of Kushtia and Gangni upazila of Meherpur.
Cases of anthrax infection have been found in 12 districts since the disease first broke out in Sirajganj, IEDCR officials told TheFinancialExpress-BD.com.
Meanwhile, Livestock Department officials released a statement earlier this week telling residents not to panic over the anthrax outbreak and claimed that the situation is under control.
The statement, undersigned by its director general Md Ashraf Ali, confirmed that there is no risk of getting infected if someone consumes anthrax-free beef or milk.
Anthrax is a highly contagious disease that is typically transmitted to people through contact with meat, blood or skin of infected herbivorous animals.