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AN UNIDENTIFIED disease suspected to be Blackleg, an acute infectious bacterial disease of cattle and sheep, causing necrosis in one or more legs, has broken out in Chavuma and has so far killed about 30 cattle.

Chavuma District Commissioner Benjamin Mufunga and North – Western Province veterinary officer Dr Peter Banda have confirmed the development in separate interviews.

Dr Banda said the disease was first reported in Lkolwe area in the west bank and has spread to other areas namely Nyantanda and Ngunvu.

He said the district veterinary officer has since moved into the area to verify the reports from the farmers and collect samples for laboratory examinations.

He said livestock officers in the district have been advised to purchase anti-biotics for use to treat the affected animals and also procure vaccines to vaccinate the animals to prevent the spread of the disease.

He also urged farmers to be burying or burning the carcass of animals dying on their own.

And meanwhile, Mr Mufunga said farmers in the affected areas are in a panic mode because of the disease.

Mr Mufunga appealed to the ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to quickly send officers in the area to assess the situation before the cattle population is wiped out.

He said about six cattle in the area were reported to have died last week.

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