Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Myanmar - Seven suspected of anthrax infection in central Myanmar
NAY PYI TAW - Seven people are infected with a disease thought to be anthrax in a village in Chaung U Township, Sagaing Region in central Myanmar, according to health officials.
Dr San Nu Htike from a public hospital said several cows died of the disease on September 4, and seven people who handled the deceased cows are believed to be infected with the disease.
"One seriously infected patient was transferred to Monywa General Hospital. No casualties have been reported. Some of those suffering from the disease are under intensive care in village. The disease is suspected to be anthrax. It has yet to be identified," said the doctor.
"Only those who handled the deceased cows got sick. Not everyone who ate the meat got sick," said Aung Yin, one of the people infected by the disease.
"The infected cows were not vaccinated," said the village administrator.
In another similar incident, eight people from two villages in Monywa District were infected with anthrax after eating the meat of a deceased cow on August 27. They were hospitalised at Monywa General Hospital, and one of them, named Aung Su, died later.