As many as 126 cattle have died and 25 districts have been infected with the Lumpy virus in Maharashtra, the state animal husbandry department reported on Saturday.
“A total of 126 infected animals have died, including 47 in Jalgaon district, 21 in Ahmednagar district, 2 in Dhule, 18 in Akola, 14 in Pune, two in Latur, six in Satara, five in Buldhana, seven in Amravati, one in Sangli, one in Washim, one in Jalna and one in Nagpur district,” the press release said.
The release further informed that while Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) is spreading rapidly, it is not transmitted to humans, neither by animals nor by cow’s milk.
“Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) is spreading rapidly throughout the state of Maharashtra. It is a cutaneous viral disease of the cattle. This disease is not transmitted to humans, neither by animals nor by cow’s milk,” said the Animal Husbandry Department’s release. . .
In the release, IAS official Sachindra Pratap Singh appealed on behalf of the government: “Although the disease is spreading, the spread is limited to cows and oxen and is not zoonotic. Strict measures will be taken in case of spreading of rumors on social media.”
He further inquired about the allocations and arrangements being made to combat the situation.
According to the Animal Husbandry Department, a fund of Rs 1 crore per district has been made available through DPC for the purchase of medicines needed to treat the disease. A fee of Rs 3 per vaccination is also allowed for the vaccinators and interns of Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU).
“The government veterinary officers and private practitioners are required to carry out the treatment according to the MAFSU treatment protocol. It is also requested that all farmers receive free treatment for their affected livestock at their front door by the nearby government veterinary clinics/officials for inform developing livestock about any symptoms of LSD,” the release said.
The Animal Husbandry Commissioner said: “According to Section 4(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Communicable Diseases in Animals Act, 2009, every person, non-governmental organization, concerned local self-government body is required to forward the said information to the nearest veterinary institution. if symptoms of this disease are found in animals.”
The release by Maharashtra’s Animal Husbandry Department further advised the Gram panchayats to spray insecticides as a disease spreads through flies, mosquitoes, ticks
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