Health Desk--- May 16, 2016: About 40 anthrax viral infected people have been identified at Kayjori village under Shazadpur upazila and Jamtaoil village under Kamarkhanda upazila in Sirajganj district in the last two weeks.
The district Civil Surgeon's office confirmed the presence of the viral disease in their bodies through medical tests. Sources said, they were infected after taking meat of a sick bullock and a sick goat a few days ago, which were carrying the germ of anthrax disease.
Doctor said the people who were involved in skinning and processing the sick bullock and goat would be infected within a few days.
A medical team of Sirajganj Health Department visited the infected areas recently and prescribed them with the instruction to continue the treatment. They also distributed some medicine among the patients free of cost, Civil Surgeon's office sources said.
Education and health officer Dr Imam Ali said people of the district are being infected with anthrax one after another due to lack of awareness about the disease. Though the people are being warned about the disease and asked not to take meat of any sick cattle or goat, poor and ultra-poor people are ignoring the instructions and taking meat of sick cattle or goat.
He has further said there is nothing to fear about the disease, because it is curable. However, he urged the people not to slaughter any sick animal. Locals have also complained that due to lack of proper vaccination, many cattle in the areas are being infected with the disease and then people are being forced to slaughter such sick animals to recover their losses.