AR-News: (India) Elephant deaths: Forest Dept. confirms anthrax

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ELEPHANT DEATHS: FOREST DEPT. CONFIRMS ANTHRAX 

Mysore, Mar. 28 (KMC)- The Forest Department has confirmed reports about the outbreak of Anthrax disease in the Nagarahole National Park, causing the death of three wild elephants recently.

Dr. R. Raju, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Hunsur Wildlife Division, informed in a press release that two elephants in D. B. Kuppe forest range and one in Metikuppe forest range were killed due to Anthrax during January and February.

He informed that the first elephant death was noticed on Jan. 16 at D. B. Kuppe, followed by the death of another female elephant on Feb. 9 in the same range. The visceral mass were sent for clinical analysis at the Institute of Veterinary Biological Research, Bangalore. The cause of the death was confirmed when the third elephant's death occurred on Feb. 25, the press release said.

"Once the outbreak of the disease was suspected, the Nagarahole National Park management authorities took precautionary measures against the further spread of the disease", said Dr. Raju and added that the Deputy Conservator of Forests visited the death sites and personally monitored the burning of the elephant carcasses.

"All the 40 elephants in captivity of the Forest Department at various camps, including the Dasara jumboo savari team lead by Balaram, were vaccinated against the disease," he said and informed that village cattle vaccination programme was launched, completing the process in the villages bordering the National Park from Kutta to Badaga in Kodagu.

Cattle vaccination in the villages bordering H.D. Kote, Hunsur and Periyapatna, that was started recently, will be completed in a couple of weeks' time, he said.

Dr. Raju informed that the issue was taken up with the Deputy Commissioner of Mysore district, following which, the Veterinary Department, in association with the Forest Department, have jointly launched the Mass Vaccination programme for cattle of more than 100 villages of the district, under which around 30,000 cattle heads would be vaccinated.







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