Mystery Disease Strikes Cattle

SAMBALPUR - More than 150-odd cattle have succumbed to a mysterious disease at Dimirikuda and under Deogarh district.
calendar icon 8 June 2007
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The deaths have created a panic among farmers, as 200 more cattle are suffering from the same symptoms.

“At first a swelling appears on the animal’s neck. That is followed by profuse flow of saliva. It takes 24 hours for an affected animal to die,” said Basanta Kumar Dhal, a resident of Dimirikuda.

For now chief district veterinary officer (CDVO) and other senior officers of the department have visited the place.

“We have advised farmers to bury the dead animals in deep pits. But, most are not heeding our order and that could possibly escalate the situation,” stressed the Deogarh CDVO, S.K. Dash. As precaution, vaccination is going on in full swing.

Since Deogarh is solely depended on agriculture for sustenance district collector Ambika Prasad Mishra has asked veterinary department to handle the matter as top priority.

“If required assistance from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology would also be taken,” Mishra assured.

Source: TheTelegraph
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