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DRC: A mysterious disease has decimated over 2000 cattle

Paris Match | Posted on the 05/11/2018 at 17h29
Writing with AFP

Cattle with this disease have greenish or bloody diarrhea, salivation, runny nose and mouth, lacrimation, limb paralysis and generalized weakness.

A disease of unknown origin has killed more than two thousand cattle in a province in the western Democratic Republic of Congo that supplies meat Kinshasa, the capital and its ten million inhabitants, it was learned on Monday. 'a local manager. In two months (August 10 to October 10), "2,444 animals are already dead" while "40,000 are at risk," told AFP Robert Senge, head of the provincial branch of the National Epidemics Surveillance Service (SENS) from Kwilu (West).

Cattle with this disease have greenish or bloody diarrhea, salivation, runny nose and mouth, lacrimation, limb paralysis and generalized weakness. "The death comes after 3 to 4 days," said Senge, returning from a mission to the authorities in Kinshasa. After the death, "the flesh of the cattle becomes greenish, then decomposes giving off a nauseating odor," said the local official. "The cause of this disease is not yet known," he insisted.

"Epidemiological investigations"
Financial and logistical means are expected from the authorities for "epidemiological investigations" and the fight against this disease, he said, inviting partners of the DRC to join this effort because "the population consumes this meat improper. " Until then, no autopsy or specimen collection has been performed on the meat of these animals killed by this disease, Senge said.

The province of Kwilu is one of Kinshasa's sources of supply for everyday consumer goods.

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