Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Boipariguda, May 27:
Anthrax scare has gripped the people of Junglejodi village under Dandabadi gram panchayat in Boipariguda block of Odisha’s predominantly tribal Koraput district following the death of three persons due to the killer disease by Monday. Several others have been affected by the disease, reports from the area said.
Three days ago, one Besu Khara died after being afflicted by anthrax, while Pulka Khara and Damu Pangi perished on May 18 and 11 resepectively, said villagers of Junglejodi.
Health department official,s while confirming the death of Damu Pangi due to anthrax, said the exact cause behind the deaths of Besu and Pulka were yet to be ascertained.
Two more persons – Ratanu Pangi and Bedru Pangi – suspected to be afflicted with anthrax reported at the Boipariguda health centre Monday for treatment. Ratanu was shifted to the district headquarters hospital at Koraput after his condition deteriorated.
Reports said some anthrax patients had also reported at the health centre at Ramgiri on Monday.
According to the anthrax patients, they were afflicted with the disease after they had consumed dried beef.
Dr Sudhanshu Sekhar Prusty said medical teams from Boipariguda hospital have left for different areas of Dandabadi panchayat to treat anthrax patients.
tI may be mentioned here that while most of the villages in the area are located inside dense forests, the residents are mostly tribals. Lack of awareness is considered to be the main reason behind the spread of anthrax among the tribals.