Scientists from the Southern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (SRDDL), Bangalore, on Friday visited Henberu hamlet coming under Paduvari Gram Panchayat near Byndoor, where 83 heads of cattle died over the last one week.

Nagaraj Marvanthe, Veterinary Officer, Byndoor, told The Hindu that the scientists from the SRDDL had investigated the ailing cattle at the Henberu hamlet and also visited the areas where garbage had been dumped in the village.

He said there was no death of any cattle on Friday, but confirmed that two heads of cattle had fallen sick.

The report on the samples of the dead and ailing cattle sent to the Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAHVB), Bangalore, was expected in a couple of days. The cause of the deaths would be known only after the report was received, Dr. Marvanthe said.

In-charge Panchayat Development Officer of Paduvari Gram Panchayat Manjunath Shetty said that carcasses of six dead pigs were found thrown near National Highway 66 in Othinene area on Friday. The gram panchayat got the carcasses buried to prevent any outbreak of diseases.

The Gram Panchayat also requested the Byndoor police station to increase surveillance in the area to prevent disposal of carcasses. This problem of throwing such carcasses by the side of the National Highway 66 had been prevalent for some time. It should be stopped, he said.

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