Disease kills 23 cows, infects 63 in Katsina


FILE PHOTO: a herd of cows

An animal disease locally known as “black-cutter” has killed 23 cows and affected 63 others in Musawa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The disease was isolated on Aug. 5, 2016, when veterinary officers from the state and local council moved into curve the outbreak.

Alhaji Aliyu Lawal-Doro, the council’s Director of Agriculture confirmed on Monday that the affected cows were from Kaduna State moving to neighbouring Charanchi Local Government in the state.

The official, who spoke through the council’s spokesman, Malam Shuaibu Sa’idu, said when the council officials noticed the high number of deaths, they immediately notified the state veterinary services for urgent intervention.

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According to him, state government immediately deployed experts to the area to contain the situation, which is now stable.

He, however, said that veterinary officials and herdsmen in the area have been put on high alert, to avert further outbreak.

The official added that the local council was educating livestock owners on the symptoms of the disease, for them to remain vigilant and report cases promptly.