Ministry acts on cattle deaths

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Animal health officers are vaccinating livestock in Stung Treng province following the deaths of more than 60 buffalos and cows in the first three weeks of the month.
 
Agriculture Ministry spokesman Lor Reaksmey said the deaths were due to a contagious bacterial disease called haemorrhagic septicaemia.
 
“We have seen evidence of this disease since 2006,” he said. “It is a kind of bacteria, not a virus and buffalos are more vulnerable to it than cows.”
 
Cheang Sokhom, district deputy police chief, said the deaths of the cattle in Siem Pang district coincided with the seasonal change in weather.
 
“The buffalos and cows had swollen stomachs and diarrhoea,” he said. “There were several spates of deaths before, but it became much more widespread this month.”
 
Mr Reaksmey said the ministry had called on farmers to keep their sick animals away from healthy ones.

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