20 buffaloes die of suspected epidemic

20 buffaloes die of suspected epidemic
Mass grave being dug to dump dead buffalos.
DIMAPUR, APR 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/9/2019 12:04:34 PM IST

More than 20 buffaloes have died so far at Sheiri Angami and Sochünoma villages in Medziphema.

According to Dimapur deputy chief veterinary officer (DyCVO) Dr K Thungchamo, following information provided by staff of Medziphema veterinary health centre on April 5, a team of veterinary doctors led by Thungchamo himself and including VAS and VFAS from the Dimapur chief veterinary officer’s office went to Sheiri Angami and Sochünoma villages on Monday to contain and ascertain the cause of buffalo deaths. 

The team members inquired from the Village Council chairman and villagers about the buffalo deaths, and were told that three to five buffalos were dying every day and that till date more than 20 buffaloes had died.

Upon being told that the buffaloes showed signs of frothy mouth, had difficulty in breathing, high temperature, complete off feed, collapsed and died within two days, the team carried out spot inspection of some sick buffaloes and gave treatment.

After making assessment of the symptoms reportedly shown by dead buffaloes and observing the sick buffaloes, DyCVO in his report said the team suspected HS (hemorrhagic septicemia) disease to be the cause of death of buffaloes. 

The team treated two sick buffaloes as per their symptoms on the spot and instructed the area VFAs to complete the treatment. 

The veterinary doctors also provided antibiotics, vitamins, mineral mixture, anthelmentic, etc, to the villagers for administering these to the sick buffaloes.

They also advised immediate blood serum collection from buffaloes of the area, immediate provision of antibiotics (Enrofloxacin—LA single dose and other supporting medicines) and immediate ring vaccination in nearby villages to avoid spreading of the disease to other areas, Thungchamo claimed.

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