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Villagers discarding some of the dead cattle
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MANIPUR

Mysterious disease outbreak claims 20 buffaloes’ lives in Manipur

Cattle deaths reported from Nurathel village in the Tamei sub-division of Tamenglong district. In April, similar epidemic had killed over 70 buffaloes in neighbouring Nagaland

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Imphal: An unknown disease has reportedly resurfaced in Manipur’s Tamenglong district, killing many cattle in the region. According to sources, the epidemic has killed more than 20 cattle in the last two days in Nurathel village under the Tamei sub-division of the district.

In 2017, according to reports, the unknown disease had claimed some cattle’s lives in Nchiang (Langmei) village in the hill district of the state. The cattle usually find it hard to move around or eat as the disease affects their hooves or mouth.

The sudden outbreak of the livestock disease has created alarm in the region, especially the adjoining villages, for fear of a spread in the disease.

Meanwhile, the Nurathel village authority council and its neighbouring villages have urged the veterinary and animal husbandry department to look into the matter and take steps to control the further spread of the disease in other parts of the state.

Some of the dead buffaloes in Tamei sub-division of Manipur’s Tamenglong district
Some of the dead buffaloes in Tamei sub-division of Manipur’s Tamenglong district
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In April, 70 buffaloes had died due to a similar disease outbreak in neighbouring Nagaland's Dimapur district.

In a letter dated April 9, Kevekha Kevin Zehol, the deputy commissioner of Dimapur district, had written to the chief veterinary officer of the district informing him of the outbreak of a "buffalo epidemic" in Socunoma, Khaibung, Chathe, Molvom and nearby villages. "It is also further reported that approximately 70 buffaloes have died so far," the DC had written.

The chief veterinary officer was then requested to "verify and take stock of the situation so that the epidemic is contained".

One of the buffaloes that died due to an epidemic in Nagaland’s Dimapur district earlier in April
One of the buffaloes that died due to an epidemic in Nagaland’s Dimapur district earlier in April
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