Kalahandi: In yet another death of elephant in the Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary in the district here, the death toll figure reportedly touched seven in 20 days.
While the three-member Central expert team is on their visit to the sites of elephant deaths in the sanctuary, the decomposed carcass of an elephant calf was sighted at Ghusuriguda under the sanctuary limits.
The autopsy report as well as the findings of the Central team has attributed the cause of death to hemorrhagic septicaemia.
As per the scholarly findings, hemorrhagic septicaemia is an acute bacterial disease of cattle and buffaloes which usually occurs during monsoon. Mortality rate may be as high as 80 %. Germs of this disease survive longer in humid and waterlogged conditions.
Meanwhile, the three-member Central team has reportedly concluded that high stress level in the bodies of the pachyderms has been the reason behind the outbreak of the fatal disease resulting in the deaths in succession.
Notably, six female elephants have already died reportedly within a span of two weeks. Even Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also reviewed the alarming situation last week and issued direction to the Forest Department to initiate preventive measures in a bid to curb such deaths.