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Outbreak of 'haemorrhagic septicemia' suspected in Rohtak gaushala

The recent death of three animals at a local 'gaushala' here and critical condition of four calves with the symptoms of haemorrhagic septicemia (HS), known as 'galgottu' in local parlance, have raised a question mark on the state government's claim of eradicating of foot and mouth disease (FMD).

punjab Updated: Nov 28, 2013 18:09 IST
HT Correspondent

The recent death of three animals at a local 'gaushala' here and critical condition of four calves with the symptoms of haemorrhagic septicemia (HS), known as 'galgottu' in local parlance, have raised a question mark on the state government's claim of eradicating of foot and mouth disease (FMD).


Notably, the state animal husbandry department had been running a relentless campaign of vaccination in the state to root out FMD disease, including haemorrhagic septicemia for the last seven years.

Jan Sewa Sansthan, a registered old age home on Bhiwani road, wrote a letter to the dean, college of veterinary science, LCRVVAS, Hisar, for taking note of the endemic, in which one cow, one calf had died in the last one week and four other calves were ill with swelling in throat region, salvation and high temperature.

Swami Param Chaitanya, president of Sansthan, said that they have isolated the the four affected animals from the rest, as the disease was contagious. He said that they had brought the issue to the notice of local in-charge of diagnostic centre and deputy director, animal husbandry, but they took it lightly and termed the deaths a result of seasonal cold.

However, later after the intervention by LCRVVAS, Hisar, the blood samples were taken of the affected animals and the post-mortem of the dead animals.

Dr OP Chikkara, deputy director, animal husbandry, said that based on the symptoms, the disease seemed to be like haemorrhagic septicemia, but it would be confirmed once the blood sample report arrived.

Killer FMD

Causing huge loss to the rural peasantry, in a similar outbreak of FMD in March-April 2012 at Sundana village of Rohtak district, over 200 animals had died.