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'Black disease' likely caused gaur deaths

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A bacterium known to cause "black disease" is most likely to have killed dozens of gaurs in Kui Buri National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, officials say. 

Tuangthong Patchimasiri, senior veterinary researcher of the National Institute of Animal Health, said that laboratory tests detected the bacteria Clostridium novyi from samples taken from 15 gaurs, which can lead to black disease and cause immediate death.

A total 24 gaur carcasses, 14 male, eight female and two calves, were found in the national park between late November and early December last year.

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