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Hundreds of camels dying in the desert of Qatar

The break in Qatar’s relationship with its Arab neighbors has had a bloody aftermath. Hundreds of camels are dying of hunger and thirst in the desert.
In June, six Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, accused the Qatari dynasty of fomenting terrorism, breached diplomatic relations and prompted sanctions and an economic blockade.
For decades, Qatari peasants used the much larger territory of Saudi Arabia to raise their camels and sheep. But one of the consequences of the political crisis was the expulsion of Saudi lands from Qatari citizens along with some 15,000 camels and 10,000 sheep.
The rushed exodus of peasants and their animals through the desert and temperatures up to 50 ° C was bloody.
Some estimate that at least one hundred baby camels died during the trip to Qatar.
“On my return from Saudi Arabia I saw more than a hundred camels killed on the road and hundreds of camels and sheep wandering lost,” Hussein told Marri to the Daily Mail . “Many in agony and others with broken legs and other wounds.”
The Qatari government set up shelters on its side of the border with food and water tanks. But many animals could not get there.
Camels are mainly used to produce milk and also for breeding, since the races of these animals are popular in Qatar.
It is estimated that there are still about 150,000 Qatari camels in Saudi Arabia and it is not clear what their fate will be .
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500+ camels have died from ‘mysterious disease’ in Marsabit, Kenya, Africa

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Herders in Marsabit County are counting loses following an outbreak of a mysterious disease that is killing camels.
Bubisa and Shuur in Marsabit North Sub-County are the worst hit by the calamity with ward representative Pius Yatani describing the situation as alarming.
“I received the report on January 19 on the deaths and so far more than 500 camels have perished. I believe the disease may have erupted earlier,’’ said Turbi-Bubisa Ward Rep.
Mr Yatani said he had appealed to the county government for urgent intervention.
He said a team of vets was already on the ground supplying vaccines donated by the county government to the pastoralists.
“The department of livestock has donated 20 dozen vaccines to help mitigate the crisis,” he said by telephone.
Speaking to the Nation by phone, Shuur Pastoralist Community Initiative and Development Assistance (Pacida) programme coordinator Wario Guyo, said the animals were dying in large numbers.
“They (camels) are in good body shape but they suddenly become weak before dying,’’ he said.
Marsabit County Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries executive James Aboran Dokhe said he was aware of the outbreak of the disease.
He said the disease was likely to have been spread from neighbouring Wajir where three weeks ago Wajir South MP Abdullahi Diriye raised the alarm over an unknown disease killing camels in the county.
Dr Dokhe said his department had responded to the emergency and had dispatched a team of experts to identify the mysterious disease.
“Once the tests are completed we will send the report to the University of Nairobi’s veterinary department of for analysis,’’ said the CEC
Mr Dokhe said the disease was likely to be Trypanosomiasis-protozoa.
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73 Camels have died due to a ‘mystery illness’ in Biskra, Algeria, Africa

Not less than 73 camels were killed at Biskra, last week, a mysterious illness. Biskra animal health services, who had to see this disaster, are for the time being unable to determine the exact causes of this death.
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Hundreds sheep, camel and cattle dead due to ‘cold weather’ in Pasco Region, Peru

About 400 animals, including sheep, camels and cattle, have died as a result of the low temperature in the Pasco region.
In addition, hundreds of acres of corn and potatoes, and grasslands, have been harmed by the cold.
This, in areas altoandinas, especially in tutorial, Daniel Alcides Carrión province (Pasco region).
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200+ Camels dead, hundreds others sick from ‘mystery disease’ in Punjab, Pakistan


At least 200 camels have died of an unconfirmed viral disease during last one week and about hundreds are suffering from it in Noorpur Thal area, according to local media on Monday.
Local livestock department said, the animals suffered shivering and bleeding from the nose accompanied by coughing and finally died.
“The villagers and traders have lost more than 200 animals so far”, official said.
“The local people have been asked not to eat meat till the further advisory, a warning alert had also been issued in this regard”, he further explained.
He said that villagers were trying to save the diseased camels through traditional methods and many cases were administering them opium but to no avail.
In Noorpur Thal, a tehsil of Khushab, a camel is used for travelling in desert, fetching water, transporting loads and luggage, ploughing and recreational activities and price of a prized camel runs into Rs150,000 to 200,000.
Local elders asked the Punjab government to take immediate steps to counter this mysterious disease so that to avoid huge loss.
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Mysterious Virus In Camel Herd Linked To Two Human Cases In Qatar
Health officials say they have found a mysterious respiratory virus in a herd of camels in Qatar that’s linked to two human cases of the disease.

In a statement Friday, the World Health Organization said Qatari and Dutch scientists found three camels infected with MERS, a respiratory virus related to SARS, in a herd of 14 animals.

Two men who had contact with the camels later fell ill with MERS.

Both survived.

Scientists earlier found traces of antibodies to viruses similar to MERS in camels but finding MERS in camels connected to human cases has proven elusive.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia said it had found MERS in one camel.

Since it was first identified last year, WHO has recorded 160 MERS cases, mostly in the Middle East.

MERS Virus Tests Positive In Camel
According to a new report, camel has been tested positive for Sars-like virus. The Saudi health ministry said the owner of the camel has been diagnosed with MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) corona virus. Corona viruses basically cause respiratory infections in humans and animals.

A survey was conducted by scientists who declared that about 64 people have been already killed with this virus and more are on the extent of it. There is still a mystery that whether this virus has been passed from camels to humans or not.

Corona virus is an infectious disease, which is spread from one person to another by sneezing or coughs. But, experts are of the view that this virus is not very contagious as less number of infected cases has been reported till now. There have been about 153 confirmed cases of infection with MERS corona virus from past 14 months across the world.

The health ministry said they are trying their level best to isolate the virus from the country. They are also comparing the genetic structure of virus with that of the patients. They are doing so with the motive that to match the virus found in camel with of the patients.

Scientists said this would be the first scientific discovery in the whole world and also opens the door to find out the origin of virus.