- As soon as the cow contracts the disease it suffers from
high fever and its hooves, udders and tongue swell up with an ulcerous
growth. "Generally the cow or the bull dies within two days secreting
excessive saliva." Rambabu Yadav who has lost five milch cows said
there is no point in calling the doctor once the cow is inflicted with
the disease because within a matter of two days the animal will die. It
is feared that at least 1,245 cows and at least 2,000 bulls will die in
- I am retired, nobody calls me but I am sure that this
killer disease is not hoof-sickness because the symptoms are different,"
said Paritosh Mazumder, a vet. He said the situation needs to be brought
under control and senior doctors of the animal resource department should
inspect the animals.
- The above description of an animal outbreak in Tripura
near Agartala, India sounds remarkably like the outbreak near Qinghai Lake
Nature Reserve in China. The Abundant News reports indicated the domestic
animals (cows and sheep) were dying from H5N1 and a second agent. The ProMed
report of the outbreak in India quoted government authorities as calling
the disease "foot and mouth disease and a viral effect".
- Thus, it would seem to be some sort of atypical disease
that requires more investigation. China has sent bird flu vaccine to Qinghia
(where migratory birds are dying from H5N1), Xinjiang (where domestic geese
are dying from H5N1) and Tibet (where migrating bar headed geese pass over
while migrating from the northern plains of India to Qinghai Lake in China.
- Agartala is in northeast India, about 200 miles from
the border with Tibet and about 800 miles south of Qinghai Lake. Agartala
is also very close to Bengladesh and Mayanmar borders.
- More information, including H5N1 status of associated
people and birds, would be useful.
- Media Source