Around 25 buffaloes have died in the past few days in Odisha's Kendrapara district, triggering panic among livestock farmers, officials said on Tuesday. The cause of the deaths is believed to be a disease and authorities have taken steps to check its spread, they said.
"The outbreak of the disease has been reported in Ranipokhari, Balakati, Nagapada and a few other villages. It is suspected to be Theileriosis, which spreads through contact with infected animals," Sub-Divisional Veterinary Officer of Kendrapara, Ashis Satapathy, said. "The animals in the affected areas are being vaccinated. We have advised buffalo owners to keep them covered with mosquito nets," Satapathy said.
Meanwhile, some livestock farmers have alleged inaction on the part of the state government in tackling the situation, sources said.