Buffalo herd dies of mystery illness in Prachin Buri

Buffalo herd dies of mystery illness in Prachin Buri

A livestock official inspects some of the 21 buffaloes that died suddenly of a still undiagnosed disease at a village in Prachin Buri's Kabin Buri district, as an excavator digs a hole to bury them in the field. (Photo by Manit Sanubboon)
A livestock official inspects some of the 21 buffaloes that died suddenly of a still undiagnosed disease at a village in Prachin Buri's Kabin Buri district, as an excavator digs a hole to bury them in the field. (Photo by Manit Sanubboon)

PRACHIN BURI -- Livestock officials are investigating the sudden death from from illness of 21 buffaloes at Ban Khao Duan village in Kabin Buri district of this eastern Central province.

The animals belonged to Suthat Somthong, 31, of tambon Yanri, who reported the deaths.

Wanlop Prawatwong, the Kabin Buri district chief, and livestock officials rushed to the village on Thursday to investigate.

Mr Suthat said he had a herd of 47 buffaloes. One of the animals died on Tuesday, one on Wednesday and 19 more on Thursday.

A large pit had been dug up to bury the dead animals.

Mr Wanlop said it was not yet known what disease had struck the buffaloes down so suddenly. Tissue samples had been taken from the dead animals and sent to the Zone 2 Livestock Office in Chon Buri for testing

People living nerby had been told to move their buffaloes away from Ban Khao Duan, to prevent the spread of the disease.


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