|A buffalo dies due to hemorrhagic septicemia in Xiêng My Commune in Tương Dương District. — Photo vov.vn|Viet Nam News
NGHỆ AN — More than 100 buffaloes and cows have died recently due to hemorrhagic septicemia in Con Cuông and Tương Dương districts, the central province of Nghệ An.
Hemorrhagic septicemia is a severe bacterial disease caused by certain strains of Pasteurella multicoda and is frequently fatal. It primarily affects cattle and water buffalo, but infrequently affects pigs, small ruminants, and other hoof-stock.
The epidemic started in Đồng Tiến Village, Lạng Khê Commune in Con Cuông District.
On September 4, a household in the village discovered that their buffalo had died in the forest. Since then, a number of other buffaloes and cows in the village died. Several households even had five buffaloes dying from the disease.
After receiving reports from residents, local authorities immediately enacted different measures to control the disease. However, local residents often let their animals wander, thus it was difficult to prevent the spread of the disease.
The Con Cuông District People’s Committee has banned livestock and poultry being transported out of the district and provided vaccinations for the animals. Local farmers have received more education on preventing the disease.
The Tương Dương District People’s Committee on Monday also set up plans to prevent the disease from spreading.
As many as 43 buffaloes and cows died from the disease in the district’s Xiêng My Commune.
Kha Văn Ót, vice chairman of the People’s Committee, said that the district called on local residents to collect their animals from the forest so they could be vaccinated.
The district has reported the situation to the provincial Department of Animal Health for support and instruction. — VNS