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Congo Reports Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia

23 September 2010

CONGO - The country's veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia in Cuvette.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Monday, 20 September. According to the report, the causal agent of the outbreak has been identified as mycoplasma mycoides, a sub-species of mycoides.

The reports states that a total of 150 cases were reported, 1043 animals showed signs of susceptibility to the disease. A total of fifty deaths were recorded, out of which twenty were destroyed. The affected population consists of bulls, cows, young bulls, heifers, calves and female calves.

According to the report, the herd is composed only of Ndama cattle. It is an extensive farming system (ranching). The animals are raised on large fenced pastures.

Introduction of new live animals has been identified as the main source of the pleuropneumonia outbreak.

During the investigation, it was reported that six Mbororo zebu bulls from Chad received as a gift were introduced in the farm in March 2010 by the owner. One zebu bull died in the farm after having showed the following clinical signs: cough and respiratory distress.

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