Eight people have been infected with anthrax after coming in contact with the meat of a sick cow at Sreerampur village in Modonpur union of Kalukhali upazila under Rajbari on August 30, said officials of Rajbari General Hospital.
“We bought a sick cow from my uncle on August 30. Later we slaughtered it and distributed the meat. Afterwards, I saw some sore marks on my hand,” said Imran Mollah, an infected villager.
“I took treatment locally but did not find any result. Then I went to Rajbari General Hospital on Monday. There doctors told me that I have been infected with anthrax,” he said.
Seven other people, who handled the meat of the sick cow, fell sick with similar problems, villagers said.
“Eight people came to us to take treatment for anthrax. All the patients are being provided treatment at the hospital while a medical team has been kept alert at the village to identify if there are more patients,” said Dr Sunil Kumar Roy, resident medical officer of Rajbari General Hospital.
These people got infected with anthrax after coming in contact with the meat, he said.
Rajbari Livestock Officer Abu Bakar Siddik said, “People engaged in the meat processing were infected with anthrax. I have visited the area and we are taking necessary steps about it.”