Kendrapara, August 4 (LocalWire): With 20 cattle deaths within two weeks in the seaside villages of Mahakalapada block in Kendrapara district, people are in panic as it is suspected the cattle died of nodular meningitis.
‘This disease is the growth of abnormal tissue, where nodules develop below the skin. They may also develop in deeper skin tissues or internal organs.
Generally the main symptoms include swishing tails, reduced cudding, undigested food in faeces and reduced milk yield,’ Chandan Kumar Mohanty, the block veterinary officer of Mahakalapada, said.
‘People of the affected areas have been instructed to bury the cattle deep so that the disease does not spread.
The people handling the dead cattle have been asked to wear gloves.
We have also requested people to keep away from the dead cattle and inform the administration when they spot dead cattle.
The disease so far is confined to some of the seaside villages.
We are treating the affected cattle,’ he added.
Many cattle are also suffering from the disease in the coastal pockets of Suniti, Gogua, Nangura, Panikhia, Kalatunga, Noligaon, Tantiapala, Sasan, Narasinghpur, Petachena , Ostira and other villages.
‘People are panic stricken and angry with the administration since the authorities did nothing to curb the disease since it was first detected in the second week of July.
Only after it spread to several villages, did the authorities look into the matter,’ alleged Purna Jena of Petachela, whose four cattle died recently.
‘Many locals earn their livelihood by selling milk, cheese and curd but since the outbreak, milkmen are worried as cattle are affected with the disease.
The disease has now added to the farmers’ woes in a district where 80 percent of the people are farmers,’ said Gayadhar Dhal the secretary of Kendrapara district Krusaka Sabha.