Anthrax kills hundreds of cattle at Meherpur

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 21,2019


Several hundred cattle died of anthrax and more several hundred were infected with the disease in Meherpur, according to the Department of Livestock.

Livestock department officials said they already took preventive measures to contain the diseases so that it could not spread to other districts.

The department director general Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik told New Age on Friday that they were aware of sporadic infections of Anthrax at Gangni in Meherpur.

He said a team of experts comprising veterinary specialists from the livestock department was already sent to Meherpur to examine the ground situation.

Besides, the team would bring samples for further examination in Dhaka, he said, adding that the farmers were advised to vaccinate their cattle against anthrax.

Hiresh also said few goats died of anthrax as the farmers did not vaccinate them earlier.

‘There are enough vaccines ready to provide,’ he said, adding that anthrax vaccines were provided to farmers at a nominal price of Tk 0.50 each.

He said due to lack of awareness, the cattle farmers were not interested to vaccinate their cattle against the disease.    

Officials said that anthrax, an infection by bacteria Bacillus anthracis, was usually transmitted from animals to animals and animals to human.  The deadly disease could affect human health and causes disorder on skin, lung, and bowel, they said.

In 2010, cattle were affected in epidemic form in the country’s northern districts, said the department officials, adding that a red alert was declared in 12 districts including Sirajganj and Pubna.

Animal health experts said that Indian cattle were entering into Bangladesh through informal channels for sale in local markets ahead of Eid-ul-Azha without check, posing a threat to both public and animal health.

They said that that even after establishing quarantine stations at the entry points, Bangladesh could not become a risk-free country until illegal entry of cattle from India was stopped.

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