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Sudden and unusual death of buffaloes due to some unknown disease was reported at Kangjan village under Meluri sub-division in Phek district of Nagaland.

Following the report of the unnatural death of buffaloes, a technical team of Nagaland Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services left for the spot on Tuesday.

The team carried out a preliminary investigation and treatment of the affected animals in the village.

It was observed from the clinical symptoms that the mortality may be due to a peracute form of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (HS), which is caused by a bacteria called Pasteurella Multocida, the department said.

However, the etiology will be confirmed only after a laboratory test.

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Till such time, the department urged the public and livestock owners to remain vigilant on any sudden death of the animals and also report such cases to the nearest veterinary institute for further investigations.

It said reporting of such cases to the right authority at the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department is of utmost importance for timely initiation of control and containment plan.

The department also requested the livestock owners not to open the carcass nor consume the dead animals but follow proper procedures in disposing of them in coordination with the department officers.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com