Feeds

'Mystery ailment' smites Saudi camels

Hundreds dead

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A "mystery ailment" last week claimed the lives of over 200 camels in Saudi Arabia's Dawasir Valley, Reuters reports.

The agriculture ministry confirmed the deaths of 232 animals over four days, although owners say the real figure is much higher. Officials dismissed an infectious disease as the cause, fingering "animal feed supplied by food storage authorities".

Owners are unconvinced. Breeder Hamad al-Harthy said: "The disease has to be limited to one place to prevent it spreading and then they have to find a serum."

Camel trader Turki Abdelaziz admitted: "They need to bring in help from abroad to find a solution."

Saudi's King Abdullah has promised compensation for affected owners, which could cost a pretty penny since Bedouin tribes trade camels for thousands of dollars a pop. They're commonly used for racing or, if they fail to measure up in the cameline Red Rum department, are "prized" as meat. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
Joins 'traffic light' and perfect stony sphere on the Red Planet
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game
Apocalypse now, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that ...
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.