Breeder alert! Lumpy skin disease spreads in 20 districts of Gujarat, killing more than 1,400 cattle
At least 1,431 cows have died in Gujarat from fatal lumpy skin disease (LSD), which has now spread to 20 districts in the state. The government has already vaccinated 8.17 lakh of cattle and is trying to stop the spread of the disease by imposing restrictions on the movement of cows in the affected regions.
Up to 54,161 cattle in over 1935 villages in 20 districts have been affected by LSD. Kutch, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Rajkot, Porbandar, Morbi, Surendranagar, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Banaskantha, Surat, Patan, Aravalli, Panchmahal, Mahisagar, Valsad and Mehsana are the affected districts. Kutch has been identified as one of the worst affected districts.
According to Gujarat Chief Minister, Bhupendra Patel will travel to Kutch to assess the situation on August 4. He has already visited Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Junagadh and Rajkot – other affected regions.
On July 26, the government issued an official notification to impose restrictions on livestock transport and the holding of livestock fairs in the 14 affected districts.
A state-level task force has been established under the leadership of Naresh Kelawala, Vice Chancellor of Kamadhenu University, to offer the direction and guidance needed to manage the situation.
The working group will consist of five members and will provide guidelines regarding vaccination and treatment of LSD.
According to Minister Patel, the government has received 21,026 calls in the past eight days to the 1962 freephone helpline requesting information about the disease.
Patel said the government had more than 7 lakh doses in reserve. In addition to the 222 official veterinarians and 713 supervising veterinarians, he said 332 veterinarians have been contracted to control the spread of this disease.
First published: 02 August 2022, 04:25 IST