8 cases of lumpy skin disease in cattle reported

Sep 28, 2022 | 07:09 IST

8 cases of lumpy skin disease in cattle reported

Director of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Augustinho Mesquita, said the maximum cases were from Ponda, while a few cases were also found in Bicholim Taluka.

Team Herald

PANJIM: The state has reported eight positive cases of lumpy skin disease in cattle. The director of the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services, Augustinho Mesquita, said that of the 15 suspected cases of lumpy skin disease, eight have been confirmed.

“There have been no deaths so far,” he said.

He said the maximum cases were from Ponda while a few cases were also discovered in Bicholim Taluka.

Mesquita said the disease is mainly spread by ticks and biting flies.

He said despite the ban, cattle are being brought in from other states without notifying the department, which is a major reason for the spread of the disease in the state. The entry of livestock into North Goa from other states has already been banned by the state government to prevent the spread of the disease.

The director said he had been vaccinating livestock against the disease since 2019 and had started vaccination campaigns again before Ganesh Chaturthi looked into the large-scale spread of the disease in other states, namely the Rajasthan.

The disease has so far killed 70,000 cattle across India.

Lumpy skin disease is a contagious viral disease that affects cattle and causes fever, skin lumps and death. Mosquitoes, flies, lice and wasps spread the disease through direct contact with livestock and through contaminated food and water. The disease outbreak in India, Bangladesh and China in July 2019.

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