Anthrax claims four lives in a week in Odisha

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rayagada, Apr 3:

With the killer anthrax claiming four lives in the village in the past one week, a team of health officials today reached Jambaguda village under Kashipur block in Odisha’s Rayagada district to provide medical care to the infected persons.

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According to reports, as many as four people have died in the Jambaguda village in the last one week due to the bacterial infection.

On the other hand, five other infected persons have been admitted to hospital in a critical condition.

According to sources, the villagers had consumed rotten beef and developed anthrax infection.

Notably, anthrax is a rare disease caused by the spores of the bacterium Bacillus Anthracis. It causes enlargement of the spleen and is also known as spleen fever or ‘wool sorter’s disease’. The bacterium is transmitted from animals to the humans.

Experts say that people are infected while deskinning dead cattle and are often fatal if not treated on time.

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