Kalahandi: The three-member Central team inspecting the reason behind the deaths of seven elephants at the Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary in Kalahandi district on Wednesday confirmed hemorrhagic septicemia (HS) as the reason behind the mass fatalities of the pachyderms.
The officials have confirmed that the jumbos died due to hemorrhagic septicemia and also expressed their satisfaction over the immediate measures taken by the State forest department to contain the spread of the bacterial infection inside and near the periphery of the sanctuary.
"The Central team has corroborated our findings and confirmed that the elephants died due to the bacterial infection. They have also taken the samples of the carcass of another jumbo that was found dead in the sanctuary on Tuesday. The sample will be sent to Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly for detailed examination," informed Principal Chief Conservator Of Forests (PCCF) in-charge Sashi Paul.
The team has also expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the State forest officials which included disinfection of water bodies and cattle immunization drive to contain the spread of the disease in the wild. The team had advised to continue the drive for a month, stated Paul.
Meanwhile, the vaccination of cattle in the nearby villages is in progress by the forest and veterinary officials, he said.
On Tuesday, another elephant died at the wildlife sanctuary taking the jumbo death toll to seven in the space of just three weeks.
(Edited By Suryakant Jena)