At least seven people have been confirmed as infected with anthrax at Daulatapur upazila in Kushtia.
The victims are Enamul Haque, Mahbubul Islam, Smreeti Khatun, Ashik Ahmaed, Rafiul Islam, Harez Ali and Rizvi Ahmed.
Locals said that on June 26, a cow of Nahrul Islam at Gobra village in the upazila was slaughtered after it had fallen sick. The seven people were involved with processing and cooking the meat.
Nahrul said that after slaughtering the cow, the meat was sold among the people of the village.
After four days, many of them fell sick with blisters on their hands and legs and complained of pain, said Arobinda Paul, the upazila health officer.
Of them, the seven were confirmed with anthrax, he said.
They were admitted to Daulatpur Upazila Health Complex, he toild Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.
Upazila Live Stock Officer Md Kaz Nazrul Islam said they had taken necessary measures so that no more people could be infected by the disease.
UNO Toufiqur Rahman said, “If anybody is found involved with slaughtering sick cow, we will take step against him.”