The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in its committed efforts to combat the outbreak of highly contagious animal diseases causing the depletion of animals has identified the top three animal diseases common in the province.
Dr Arnel P. Perez, animal health division chief of the PVO listed anthrax, rabies and
hemoragic septicemnia as the top three animal diseases triggering tremendous animal depletion in the province this year.
Perez confirmed the occurrence of anthrax disease reaches a high percentage in hot areas and during the hot season.
The anthrax disease, according to Perez, is very prevalent in the third district and noted as the toughest animal disease to combat.
The attack of hemoragic septicemnia or stress disease, on the other hand occurs mostly in the coastal areas and considered active in wet areas and during the rainy season, he said.
Perez said the PVO in its response to the challenge of reducing the cases of animal depletion caused by these highly contagious diseases has conducted massive vaccination activities in the different municipalities of the province particularly in areas where the identified top animal diseases are dominant.
The PVO that also conducts monitoring and surveillance activities already recorded at least four anthrax related cases on human lives this year.
The PVO has advised animal owners to regulate the movement or transfer of animals from one place to another to prevent the wide spread of the diseases.
Cagayan News and Information Bulletin, Volume 1, No. 3