KORAPUT: Four persons have died after suffering from suspected anthrax while at least 12 people are affected at tribal village Jamuguda in Rayagada district.
While the first death was reported on March 24 when one Dasu Majhi, 55, of the village succumbed. Lachha Majhi, 40, died on April 1. Two other villagers, Salali Majhi, 52, and Loi Majhi, 61, died on March 27.
On Sunday, a team of doctors from Kashipur hospital visited the village and admitted three affected villagers in Rayagada hospital for further treatment. The remaining affected persons are being treated at the village.
Medical officer (Kashipur) Santi Bhusan Pathi, who visited the village with a team of health officials to treat the villagers, said, “It could be anthrax as the villagers have developed symptoms of the disease. Blood samples of affected persons have been collected for laboratory test.” Official sources said the villagers had consumed beef of a dead cow on March 22.
“Our medical teams will be regularly visiting the village for the next few days to find out new cases. At present, the situation is under control and the villagers are also being made aware of not to consume rotten beef,” said collector (Rayagada) Jagannath Mohanty.