At least nine people involved with the processing of a anthrax-tainted dead cow have been sickened with anthrax, according to the Bangladeshi news source, The Independent today.
The report states the individuals were diagnosed with anthrax at Ambaria village under Madhupur upazila of the district. Apparently the infected bull was purchased at a bazaar a year and a half ago and the animal got sick.
The infected recognized feeling skin sores and sought medical treatment where doctors diagnosed anthrax.
Cutaneous anthrax occurs when the spore (or possibly the bacterium) enters a cut or abrasion on the skin. It starts out as a raised bump that looks like an insect bite. It then develops into a blackened lesion called an eschar that may form a scab. Lymph glands in the area may swell plus edema may be present. This form of anthrax responds well to antibiotics. If untreated, deaths can occur if the infection goes systemic. 95% of cases of anthrax are cutaneous. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page