Plague kills 100 goats in Lalmonirhat
At least 100 goats have died of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), also known as goat plague, in flood affected areas of the district.
Mansur Ali, 42, of Dharla river Char Shiberkuti in Sadar upazila said two of his three goats died of the disease last week and another was affected yesterday. “I took the affected goat to the upazila livestock office for vaccination,” he said.
No livestock official visited their village to create awareness about the viral disease of goats after the flood, he added.
Momena Begum said one of her two goats died yesterday and the other died two days ago due to the disease. “I did not have any idea about PPR disease so I could not vaccinate my two goats,” she added.
Abu Taleb, 48, said one of his four goats died of the disease on Monday morning. “I collected PPR vaccine from the livestock office and vaccinated the other three goats yesterday,” he said.
Nur Jahan Begum, 52, of Bumka village said two of her five goats died of PPR disease last week. “As I did not know about the disease, I could not provide treatment to my goats,” she said.
Altaf Hossain, 56, of Teesta river Char Sholmari in Kaliganj upazila, said one of his three goats died and many villagers lost their goats due to the disease that broke out after the flood.
District Livestock Officer Nasir Uddin Khan said PPR vaccine is available in their stock but people are not aware about the disease, so they do not contact livestock officials in this regard. Livestock officials have started working to create awareness about PPR disease among the flood affected people and are also providing vaccines, he added.