After floods, infection scare from domestic animals in Kaziranga

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Greater than 60 elephants of Forest Division vaccinated after 16 cows die of illness symptomatic of rabies

The world’s largest one-horn rhinoceros habitat has a brand new risk after the killer floods – an infection from home animals which have died of rabies.

Greater than 150 animals, together with 18 rhinos, died within the floods that struck Kaziranga Nationwide Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) in a number of ‘waves’ between Might 22 and August 5.

Whereas flood-related deaths are an annual monsoon phenomenon, what has anxious the park officers is the dying of at the very least 16 cows whose tissue samples confirmed “medical indicators of rabies”. These deaths have been detected over the last fortnight.

Park officers stated rabies can unfold to mammals, not ruling out the chance of an infection among the many wild animals since domesticated bovines are recognized to stray into the park to graze.

“Two of us had examined cattle within the Rangajan, Mihimukh and Peelkhana areas adjoining the KNPTR. Three samples have been discovered optimistic for rabies and the opposite samples have been despatched to a laboratory for additional testing,” stated veterinarian Biswajit Barua from Bokakhat, about 240 km east of Guwahati.

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The headquarters of the KNPTR is situated in Bokakhat.

“The detection of rabies made us vaccinate greater than 60 of our camp elephants. Every of them shall be given a booster dose three weeks later,” Mr. Barua stated.

KNPTR Director P. Sivakumar stated precautionary measures had been taken to make sure the cattle didn’t go near different herbivores close to the periphery of the park.

“We have now undertaken consciousness campaigns for vaccination of cattle. We have now additionally been organising vaccination camps for cattle farmers within the neighbourhood,” he stated.

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