Two persons died of suspected anthrax and 16 other villagers are suffering from symptoms of anthrax at Simedga district in Jharkhand, India. Five months ago anthrax killed seven people and has returned to Jharkhand.
Civil surgeon B Trivedi said that one man died on May 4 and another on May 6 following anthrax symptoms. Sixteen other villagers also showed symptoms of anthrax and are now being kept under observation.
The state chapter of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) has attributed the spread to consumption of dead cattle meat.
"Initial reports received from the block development officer (BDO) speak of death of cattle within a short period of time a few days ago. The dead and infected had consumed and handled the animals. Initial reports suggest symptoms of anthrax," said Dr. Ramesh Prasad, director and state surveillance officer of IDSP.
A rapid response team has been dispatched to look for more suspects and begin their treatment after isolation.
The samples collected from the deceased and the suspects for pathological examination will be tested in laboratories in Kolkata and New Delhi.