Over 1k lumpy skin disease cases in past one month across Nashik dist

  • | Thursday | 28th September, 2023

Nashik: The district has registered a sudden spike in cases of cattle affected by the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) with the number of active cases going up from 44 to 1,058 during the past one month.In the same period, the number of deaths has also increased from 8 to 94. As per record, the number of infected cattle on August 16 stood at 44 and the disease was spread in only four talukas. However, currently the infection has spread to 14 out of the 15 talukas. Peth is the only taluka that does not have any LSD case.GR Patil, deputy commissioner of the animal husbandry department (Nashik), said the cases were rising sharply in all the cow-class cattle despite the fact that every cattle in the district was vaccinated. Earlier, when the spread of infection was at its peak, the highest number of cattle were infected in Nandgaon taluka (614) followed by Niphad (394), Nashik (355), Yeola (314). The mortality rate was also highest in Nandgoan (22) followed by Yeola (19), Patil said. The officer pointed out that the concentration of the cross-bred cattle was highest in Nandgaon and Yeola talukas. Each and every cattle, including the calf, has been vaccinated. Still the infection is spreading fast. We are in touch with the university to find a solution for containing the spread of the infection, the official said.Another senior officer said it is likely that the virus might have mutated. Hence, protection through vaccine is failing to a large extent. All measures mentioned as part of the standard operating procedure for treatment of cattle are being followed, the officer said. We also published the following articles recently120 cattle succumb to lumpy skin diseaseDespite a vaccination drive, approximately 120 cattle have died due to lumpy skin disease in Pune since April. The vaccine only provides 72% efficacy, and farmers and activists are calling for more efforts at the village level. The state government compensates farmers for the cattle deaths, but awareness sessions and better outreach are needed. In other news, a study shows that treating obstructive sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure machine can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, researchers have found that irisin-based medicines may be effective in treating Alzheimers disease.LSD outbreak: Notice issued to operators of cattle fairOperators of a livestock fair in Kakori area have been issued a notice for organizing the event despite a ban by the state government due to an outbreak of lumpy skin disease. The ban on fairs and exhibitions where livestock trade takes place is in effect until October 31. The disease has caused several districts in eastern UP to sound an alert, and a vaccination drive has been initiated.65L cattle given LSD vax doses so farThe animal husbandry minister in Lucknow has directed for one crore vaccine doses to be administered within a month to control the spread of lumpy skin disease in cattle. So far, 65 lakh doses have already been given. The disease has affected 8,825 cattle in 40 districts, with 59 deaths reported. The minister also called for increased vaccination rates in unaffected districts and the prevention of the disease in Varanasi. Additionally, he expressed concern over the slow pace of artificial insemination and called for targets to be met on time.

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