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No Anthrax Cattle In Dhaka

31 August 2010

BANGLADESH - Livestock minister Abdul Latif Biswas has said that no Anthrax-infected cattle will be allowed to enter the capital.

Following a health ministry meeting on earlier in the week, Mr Biswas said that check posts have been set up at all entrances and exits of Dhaka to block the infected cattle.

He told BDNews24 relevant authorities were ordered to strengthen supervision.

He added, "It is impossible for cattle to enter the capital as they will die on their way to Dhaka."

The livestock minister said anthrax was detected in 22 cows and five goats in Sirajganj and Pabna.

"Those who process or eat the meat of infected cattle become affected," he said.

He claimed anthrax affected people could be easily cured through proper treatment.

Mr Biswas said, "The government is ready to tackle any situation. We have enough vaccines for cattle and medicine for people."

Thus, addressing the people he said, "Don't panic."

Health minister AFM Ruhal Haque, his junior Mazibur Rahman Fakir and high officials from health ministry and livestock ministry were also present.

The minister clarified that the disease could only affect people who cared for affected animals, slaughtered them, separated their skins and cut or processed their meat, or cooked and consumed an affected animal's meat.

He suggested that all infected animals were buried after being culled. Mr Haque also said the Ministry of Agriculture was supplying free vaccines for all cattle.



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