Disease hits livestock in 8 South Cotabato towns

Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes said the council endorsed such move through a resolution addressed to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The Provincial Veterinary Office earlier pushed the alarm button over the rising cases of Surra, which reportedly afflicted more than half of the livestock in at least eight municipalities.

Surra is a chronic wasting disease caused by trypanosomes or the single-celled blood parasites related to the organisms that cause sleeping sickness.  The disease, which is spread by biting flies, is most severe in horses, mules, deer, camels, llamas, dogs and cats but also occurs in cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs and elephants.


Surra is frequently chronic in cattle and buffaloes and death may occur up to six months after the symptoms show up.


Dr. Lorna Lamorena, provincial veterinarian, cited that based on an epidemiological survey they conducted among the area’s livestock, at least 58 percent of them could be afflicted with Surra.    


In Surallah alone, the affected areas covered barangays Centrala, Tubi-Ala, Buenavista, Naci, Dajay, Colongulo, Talahik, Moloy, Libertad and Veterans. It affected 302 farmers in these areas.


The other areas that reported significant incidence of Surra are the towns of Banga, Norala, Tantangan, Tampakan, Tupi, T’boli and Sto Nino.


Lamorena said they immediately launched the massive treatment of susceptible animals and intensified their surveillance and monitoring. But she stressed that they need additional funds to complete the treatment of the disease.


She said the province needs to shell out P16 million for the continuing treatment of the affected livestock.

 

Owing to this, Fuentes urged officials of the affected towns to help purchase the vaccines needed for the massive treatment of the afflicted animals and to prevent the disease from infecting more livestock.


“Our mayors should help us in buying the medicines and materials needed for the massive treatment because we cannot afford to shell out P16 million for this problem alone,” she added. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)

The Provincial Veterinary Office earlier pushed the alarm button over the rising cases of Surra, which reportedly afflicted more than half of the livestock in at least eight municipalities.

Surra is a chronic wasting disease caused by trypanosomes or the single-celled blood parasites related to the organisms that cause sleeping sickness.  The disease, which is spread by biting flies, is most severe in horses, mules, deer, camels, llamas, dogs and cats but also occurs in cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs and elephants.

Surra is frequently chronic in cattle and buffaloes and death may occur up to six months after the symptoms show up.

Dr. Lorna Lamorena, provincial veterinarian, cited that based on an epidemiological survey they conducted among the area’s livestock, at least 58 percent of them could be afflicted with Surra.    

In Surallah alone, the affected areas covered barangays Centrala, Tubi-Ala, Buenavista, Naci, Dajay, Colongulo, Talahik, Moloy, Libertad and Veterans. It affected 302 farmers in these areas.

The other areas that reported significant incidence of Surra are the towns of Banga, Norala, Tantangan, Tampakan, Tupi, T’boli and Sto Nino.

Lamorena said they immediately launched the massive treatment of susceptible animals and intensified their surveillance and monitoring. But she stressed that they need additional funds to complete the treatment of the disease.

She said the province needs to shell out P16 million for the continuing treatment of the affected livestock.

Owing to this, Fuentes urged officials of the affected towns to help purchase the vaccines needed for the massive treatment of the afflicted animals and to prevent the disease from infecting more livestock.

“Our mayors should help us in buying the medicines and materials needed for the massive treatment because we cannot afford to shell out P16 million for this problem alone,” she added. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)

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