Cattle farmers in Kaduna are not smiling right now.

A destructive respiratory epidemic has gripped the state and it is killing animals in their hundreds.

The Kaduna State Government said the outbreak of the disease, known as Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia (CBPP) has killed 368 cattle in local council areas.

More animals are event risk as 764 others spread across the state have been affected and are in critical condition.

Malam Dahiru Abdullahi, the Information Officer in the state’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Tuesday.

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Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (also known as lung plague), is a contagious bacterial disease that afflicts the lungs of cattle, buffalo, zebu, and yaks.

According to Abdullahi, the infected herds are being treated by the ministry.

“The State Government has procured drugs and vaccines and they are being distributed to all the veterinary clinics in all the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

“The Veterinary Department of the ministry had investigated through various laboratory tests of blood samples of some affected cows.

“The results confirmed that it was CBPP and as a result different measures have been taken by the ministry to contain the outbreak,” he said.

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