VELLORE: The Department of Animal Husbandry here has launched an immunisation drive against anthrax among livestock in nine villages in Jolarpet block, following the death of a person at Thiriyalam village on Wednesday.
The Additional Director of Animal Husbandry from Chennai is presently camping in the region to monitor the situation.
Sources said that a goat of a farmer Vijayan of Thiriyalam village in Jolarpet block had fallen sick. The villagers decided to slaughter it. While some consumed the cooked meat, a farmhand, Chinnasamy of Pudupet, consumed the uncooked brain portion and fell sick.
He was taken to the primary health centre on May 22 from where he was referred to the Christian Medical College Hospital on May 28 where he was diagnosed with infection of anthrax. He died on Wednesday.
Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Dr Manoharan said the soil and blood samples from the village had been sent to the Central Referral Laboratory(CRL) in Chennai and were also tested in the Animal Disease Intelligence Unit(ADIU) in Vellore. While the test results at the unit showed no symptoms of anthrax, results from the CRL are awaited. It was difficult to confirm whether Chinnasamy died due to some other infection.
Manoharan said spot surveys were conducted by the veterinarians and the officials from the Department of Public Health following Chinnasamy’s death.