Govt sends vets to Kurram Agency after anthrax outbreak

Livestock Department Assistant Director says a two-member team of veterinary doctors visited the area on Thursday


APP June 10, 2017
Livestock Department Assistant Director says a two-member team of veterinary doctors visited the area on Thursday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The political administration and Livestock Department, Fata taking notice of a suspected anthrax outbreak in Toda Cheena area of central Kurram Agency dispatched a team of vaccinators to the affected area.

Livestock Department Assistant Director Fazle Elahi said a two-member team of veterinary doctors visited the area on Thursday and provided vaccine and other medicines to afflicted cattle, a private news channel reported.on Friday.

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The doctors said the cattle were killed due to anthrax disease.and the vaccination would control the disease.”We visited the affected area and administered vaccine to the cattle. We are hopeful that the disease will be controlled after vaccination,” Dr Daud, a member of the team said.

Locals thanked the Livestock Department for sending the team Earlier it was reported that at least 40 cows and goats had died last week in the area due to anthrax. Anthrax is a serious, usually fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. It occurs world-wide and can infect a wide range of domestic and wild animal species as well as humans.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2017.

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