Infectious Diseases

Bovine Die-Off in Undiagnosed Disease in Algeria

A translated version of the Arabic news daily Setif News reports of a massive die off of cattle in the Setif province of Algeria. Scores of dead cattle were found abandoned along the banks of the ShattEl Beida near the Ouled Abbas area south of the municipality of Tella, according to the newspaper report.

The patchy and vague information in the article is typical of sensationalistic journalism and provides little hard facts to go on. However, Setif was the focus of a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Algeria last year, making it one of the possibilities behind the massive die off.

Skeptic Oslerphile. Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Past: Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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