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Another Disease (CBPP) Outbreak Kills 13 Cows In Kastina State

Over thirteen cows have died following an outbreak of a cattle disease known as Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia, (CBPP) in Katsina State, Nigeria.

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The outbreak was said to have been reported over the weekend in Hayin Sheka, Sabuwar Kasa in Kafur Local Government Area and Musawa Local Government in Kastina State with  about 13 cattles confirmed dead.

The Director of Veterinary Services in the State’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Isa Abba confirmed the development to Vanguard News on Tuesday, and said the outbreak was caused by some cattle rearers or herders who went on grazing and returned to the state with the disease. 

  “We got information about the outbreak in Kafur from his neighbors who told us the man went on greener pasture in Kwara State and came back with the disease. We isolated the animals to avoid the spread. We report to the state government, investigated and recommended some drugs for vaccination. The disease started when he was in that area. We don't know the casualties. But right here he lost about 10 cattle’s before we intervened last week. On that of Musawa, the owner of the cattle’s went for grazing in Bauchi and Kano State. He came back with the same signs. When we interrogated him, he said he spent about eight months there."

Dr. Abba said that the government has since  intervened by vaccinated about 3,000 in contact with the animals and all those in the surrounding villages of the areas affected. The animals were vaccinated with drugs such as CBPP, Tysoline injections, long-acting antibiotics, Albendazole, and multivitamin injections among others.

 “We advised that the cattle rearer should inform the ministry whenever they are going for greener pasture so that we vaccinate them and give them vaccination record. They should also report to the ministry on return in order to investigate the animals. We advise them to report promptly any strange disease and symptoms before it escalated.

We advise them not patronize quacks but professional doctors of husbandry. They should desist from self-medication because there are fake drugs in the markets,” the Veterinary Director cautioned the cattle rearers or herders,"  Dr Abba said, talking about preventive measures to stop the incident from occurring again in the future.

In 2017, according to Dr Abba, the government had vaccinated 800,000 cattle’s against CBPP, 1.2 million sheep’s and goats against Peste-Des-Petit Ruminants (PPR) and 2,000 dogs against rabies estimating  over N40 million used while planning to carry out similar exercise by August 2018.