Sa Kaeo buffalo outbreak 'under control'

Sa Kaeo buffalo outbreak 'under control'

Farmers herd their buffaloes in Sa Kaeo province as local livestock authorities have confirmed they have controlled an outbreak earlier killing the animals. (Photo by Sawat Ketngam)
Farmers herd their buffaloes in Sa Kaeo province as local livestock authorities have confirmed they have controlled an outbreak earlier killing the animals. (Photo by Sawat Ketngam)

SA KAEO - Local livestock authorities have already controlled a buffalo outbreak after identifying the disease as haemorrhagic septicemia, a key economic disease among cattle.

Amphan Welutanti, livestock chief of the eastern province with the most active border trade with Cambodia, said on Saturday that the disease known among Thais as the "swollen neck" disease had spread in Ta Phraya district since late last month, and concerned authorities were quick to implement measures to control it.

They included burying dead animals, separating and curing infected ones, sanitising infected areas, operating checkpoints to prevent the transport of infected animals and vaccinating about 38,500 cattle, goats and sheep in a five-kilometre radius in the province.

The implementation of the measures would be completed in a few days, Mr Amphan said. "The disease has been controlled. No more animals die or fall ill because of it."

The bacterial disease affects mainly cattle. Infected animals suffer elevated temperature, swollen areas in heads and necks, respiratory difficulty and sudden death.

The outbreak was also reported in Kabin Buri district in the adjacent Prachin Buri province last Friday.

Since Nov 4, at least 81 cattle, mainly buffaloes, were reported dead in Sa Kaeo before spreading to Prachin Buri where 20 animals have died.


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