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Mar 8, 2015

05:59:48 GMT--Biological Hazard - Asia - India

EDIS Number: BH-20150308-47236-IND

Date / time: 08/03/2015 05:58:22 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Asia

Country: India

State/County: State of Gujarat

Location: [Vadodara District]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Forty-one cattle died at a 'panjrapol' at Darjipura village in the city outskirts on Friday. A majority of the animals that died were buffaloes sheltered at Vadodara Panjarapol Sanstha. The cattle allegedly died of food poisoning at around 6am. "We purchased corn grass from our regular outlet in Karjan on Thursday morning. We fed the cattle in the morning and afternoon. As part of the daily activity, our livestock inspector conducted a routine check and left on Thursday. The issue came to light after the watchman called me on Friday morning to inform that the cattle were uneasy and dying," Vadodara Panjrapol Sanstha secretary Rajiv Shah said. Doctors were immediately called to examine the cattle. There were around 900 cattle at the cow shelter. The doctors recommended antidote injections for the cattle. "Since it was Holi none of the medical stores was open, but we managed to get some of the stores to open and got the injections," Shah said. The doctors were able to prevent other cattle from getting affected by the alleged poison, with the injections. Postmortems were conducted on the animals and samples from the liver of the cattle were sent to Forensic Science Laboratory in Surat. The doctors and livestock inspectors are awaiting reports to ascertain the exact cause of their death. "Food-poisoning is suspected to be one of the reasons, but we can only confirm it after getting the reports," said Kishanwadi police inspector D S Waghela.

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