Mysterious buffalo deaths not the first incident in Terengganu, says Vet Dept

Muhammad Syukur Khamis, 15, who earned the nickname ‘Kampung Boy’ or ‘Mowgli Malaysia’ looking sad when 36 buffaloes that belong to his father were found dead one by one since last Wednesday.

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): The mysterious deaths of buffaloes belonging to teenager Muhammad Syukur Khamis, who earned the nickname "Kampong Boy", is not the first incident in Terengganu this year.

State Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) director Dr Mohd Termizi Ghazali said other breeders also suffered the same fate after 22 buffaloes and 15 cows died between Aug 9 and 28 in Kampung Tuman Jerong, Marang.

He said the department had previously detected hemorrhagic septicemia, a bacterial disease in the animals and subsequently, vaccination operations were carried out on 675 cows and 55 buffaloes belonging to 106 breeders in 12 villages since Aug 30.

However, Dr Mohd Termizi said it is too early to determine the cause of the death of the livestock belonging to Kampong Boy's family.

"Based on the post-mortem, it was found the buffaloes belonging to Khamis Jusoh (Muhammad Syukur's father), 64, suffered from pneumonia and an enlarged heart. This is the characteristics of hemorrhagic septicemia.

"Samples of the animals have been taken and sent to the laboratory to determine the cause of death,” Dr Mohd Termizi said when contacted by Bernama Monday (Sept 14).

Hemorrhagic septicemia is an infectious disease caused by the pasteurella multocida bacteria which can cause acute death to livestock. It is highly contagious if one of the animals is infected.

"When an infected animal drinks water and other animals drink from the same water source, it could potentially be infected with the disease. The animals must be isolated and owners need to inform the DVS for vaccination to prevent transmission,” Dr Mohd Termizi added. - Bernama

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