A milch cow and two piglets died of anthrax in the eastern hill tracts of the district in the past four days, Animal Husbandry Department officials said here on Thursday.

The cow died at Olakkulam in Vechoochira panchayat in Ranni taluk on Sunday and the piglets in a pig farm in Aruvappulam panchayat, near Konni.

C. Bennappan, veterinary surgeon at Vechoochira, said the department had acted as soon as it got reports of suspected anthrax in the cow. The animal’s stomach was swollen and blood smear tests confirmed anthrax. The carcass was scientifically buried in a deep pit.

Dr. Bennappan said the department had administered vaccine to 188 head of domesticated cattle and conducted an awareness campaign within a three-km radius of Olakkulam. Blood samples had been taken from random cattle in the locality for screening. The department had clinically confirmed anthrax as the cause of death of the piglets and taken preventive measures, officials said.

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