Bhawanipatna: A three-member team of experts which visited the elephant death sites in Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary in Kalahandi district today concluded that high stress level in elephants body led to the outbreak of septicaemia resulting in death of six female elephants within a gap of two weeks.
The team visited sensitive places including Tentulipadar and Ghusurigudi villages from where the carcasses of the elephants had been recovered.
Elephant Cell national coordinator Prajna P Panda, who was a part of the Central team said "All the deceased elephants were pregnant who were infected with septicaemia. As they were pregnant, stress level their body was high which was very sensitive to infection."
"We have visited five sites and collected some samples which will be sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute. We will send a detailed report to the State government once the testing is over,” she added.
After conducting spot visit, the team held a meeting with Collector Gavali Parag Harshad and apprised him about the reason of the death.
"The Central team analysed the sample and confirmed the deaths as cases of hemorrhagic septicaemia. The team also appreciated our precautionary measures like disinfection and vaccination to cattle. These activities will be continued for a month," said Parag Harshad.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO)Ashok Kumar and veterinary officials were present in the meeting.
Centre for Wildlife (ICAR-IVRI Bareilly) scientist Karikalan Mathesh, head of department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at OUAT Prof Niranjan Sahoo were also members of the expert team.
Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had reviewed the situation and directed forest officials to take adequate measures to prevent elephant deaths in the sanctuary.