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PIA Press Release
2007/10/16

Hemorrhagic septicemia kills 138 carabaos in North Samar; situation now contained, DA says

Tacloban City (October 16) -- About 138 carabaos in 9 barangays of Las Navas in the province of Northern Samar died of hemorrhagic septicemia over the weekend.

The death of carabaos in Las Navas which is known to be endemic to hemorrhagic septicemia, was learned over the weekend but the situation is already under control, Department of Agriculture Regional Technical Director in the Region, Dr. Wilson Cerbito informed.

Dr. Cerbito said that when the Department of Agriculture in the Region learned about the outbreak, it immediately sent treatments to the area.

Dr. Cerbito also informed that Regional veterinarians will be deployed to the area on October 16 in order to conduct follow up treatments even as the Department of Agriculture has already issued an advisory of "No Movement, No Slaughtering of Carabaos" in the area.

Initial reports had it that several farmers hid their carabaos instead of reporting the situation to the local veterinarian.

Dr. Cerbito called on the carabao owners to immediately report to the proper authorities any cases of hemorrhagic septicemia so that the situation will be readily and easily controlled.

The predisposing factor to the bacterial disease called Hemorragic Septicemia is the causative agent Pasteurella Multocida. The disease often hits carabaos or cattle following extreme changes in temperature that causes stress in them.

The affected carabao had manifested sudden fever, lack of appetite that developed into loss of appetite, profuse salivation, diarrhea but constipation in some cases, nasal discharges, bloating, staggering gait and reluctance to move as well as staring gaze. (PIA 8) [top]

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