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Threat of spreading a bacterial disease among wild animals; in Flood Plains National Park

The Wild Life Department said,there is a threat of spreading a bacterial disease (Hemorrhagic septicemia) among wild animals in the Polonnaruwa Flood Plains National Park. A senior official of the Department said the bacterial disease called ‘Hemorrhagic septicemia’ is spreading among the cattle.

Mostly this bacterial disease affects for the cattle and water buffaloes and is a major cause for livestock mortality in tropical regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

“The owners of the deceased cattle complained about their animals’ death caused by an unidentified disease. More than 20 heads of cattle have already died following the infection,” said the Department of Animal Production & Health where the disease was identified.

“In case if the wild animals get infected by the disease, it would be a very serious problem, because we cannot vaccinate the wild animals,” they added.

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