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Tamil Nadu Cattle Vaccinated Against Anthrax

27 December 2016

INDIA - As the postmortem of a male elephant found dead in the Madukkarai forest range revealed that it had died of anthrax, Animal Husbandry Department officials, with help from the Forest Department, vaccinated a number of cattle in Nallur Vayal and Alandurai areas on Sunday.

The elephant, a tusker, was dead near Karunya Nagar in Kombuthooki Amman Koil forest beat.
Chances of anthrax spreading to cattle being high, a team led by Alandurai veterinarian Dr S Vennila, with help from forester S M Sasi and forest guard Chola Mannan, vaccinated about 50 cattle on Sunday morning. On Monday, a vaccination drive would be conducted in Sadayandikoil village.

“We are concentrating on the surroundings of Alandurai in view of the wild elephant death’s there. Though it is not a panic situation, we are vaccinating the cattle as a precaution,” said a senior official with Animal Husbandry Department.

Meanwhile, Forest staff have asked local farmers to bring their cattle for vaccination on Monday to the local veterinary hospital and instructed them not to let their cattle graze in the Kombuthooki Amman Koil forest area.

Source: The New Indian Express

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