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PIA Press Release
2008/07/23

143 carabao deaths reported in 2 East Samar towns

By Alice Nicart

Borongan City (23 July) -- Farmers in Arteche and Oras towns this province are now alarmed about the occurrence of the disease resembling Hemorrhagic Septicemia which apparently caused the deaths of some 143 carabaos.

Prompted by the alarming condition, Provincial Veterinarian, Nilo Mondonedo, reported that his office conducted immediately a series of Animal Health Missions in the rural barangays of the two towns on June 1 to July 4 where they gathered the aforesaid data. Also, their study revealed that some 231 farm animals were infected by the bacteria. But he also disclosed that 116 had been vaccinated and 213 of the animals had been treated.

In a separate interview, Dr. Norma Ylanan, Vet. IV of the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian confirmed that the bacteria is slowly being contained today, which is attributed to the activation of the Municipal Quick Response Team headed by the municipal mayors. She said that the team conducted close monitoring and immediate reporting of any case; aslo they tracked the occurrence of the disease and most importantly they conducted treatment and prophylaxis; they also instituted quarantine measures especially on the movement of animals and the emergency procurement of antibiotics and other veterinary medicines.

Asked if the bacteria is imported just like the Brontispa in coconut trees, Ylanan said, the bacteria is endemic in the carabaos; meaning, it is already existing in them and when their resistance lowers, the bacteria feasts in the system of the farm animal until it is defeated and dies unless treatment is done at once.

"The bacteria is highly contagious," Ylanan added. "It is easily transferred to the next carabao through the liquid discharges (mucus, urine, etc). That is why, we monitor and approve before a carabao is butchered because even the blood can carry the bacteria and inflict other animals. We even banned temporarily the slaughter of carabaos for the health and safety of the people," the lady Vetmed concluded. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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