Tests for brucellosis done

2016-10-05 06:00

ABOUT 2 600 cattle have already gone through the tests for infectious bovine brucellosis at Severn in the Joe Morolong Local Municipality near Botswana.

The campaign was done by the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s veterinary services.

Bovine brucellosis is described as a chronic disease that causes abortions and reduces fertility in cattle, which is caused by the Brucella abortus bacteria.

Phemeo Manankong from the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture said in a statement that the disease is mainly spread between herds through the introduction of infected cattle and within herds when infected cattle abort or give birth.

“Millions of bacteria are released into the environment during the birthing process. Cattle, known for their curiousity by nature, would sniff and lick an aborted foetus or afterbirth. Brucella organisms then enter the animal through the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes,” he explained.

According to Manankong, once an animal is infected, there is no treatment to effectively cure the disease.

The animal should then be slaughtered to remove it as a source of infection to healthy animals.

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