Ban on import of cattle and goats from Myanmar to pre-empt spread of anthrax

The Livestock Department has imposed an import ban on cattle and goats as well as their meat from Myanmar after it was confirmed that a man who was admitted to the Mae Sot district hospital in Tak province for medical treatment after eating goat meat was confirmed to be infected with anthrax.

Health and livestock officials in Tak province have been instructed to implement the ban to prevent the spread of the dangerous disease and to educate local inhabitants about how to protect themselves from getting infected.

Deputy director of Mae Sot hospital, Dr Somyos Krintharathan, said that of the three patients admitted into the hospital under suspicion that they were infected with anthrax, only one of them was confirmed to be infected.

The patient’s condition has improved and is out of danger.

Altogether 247 individuals, including some health and animal quarantine officials, were administered medication which they will have to take for 60 running days after they were found to have eaten goat meat or were in contact with the infected patient.

They were also required to report to health officials occasionally to make sure that they are not infected.