More than 1,100 cows have died of ‘lumpy skin disease’, a severe form of contagious viral infection in cattle, in parts of Rajasthan as the infection spread to 10 border districts affecting thousands of other cattle, especially cows in the past 3 to 4 months, a state livestock official said here Sunday.
State animal husbandry experts in each district and central government animal husbandry veterinarians are on guard to control the disease by keeping healthy livestock away from infectious in all major districts from Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh (near Haryana border), Bikaner, Nagaur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bhilwara, Jalore, Sanchore, Sirohi, Ajmer. A few experts from the core team visited and provided all possible help and treatment.
After the start of the southwest monsoon rains causing high humidity, the outbreak of “unknown virus” (lumpy skin) spreads very quickly and becomes common in cows (domestic and wild) with clinical signs of fever , lacrimation, hypersalivation and characteristic skin rashes, Dr. NM Singh, additional director of the state Department of Animal Husbandry (Health), told SNS when contacted.
“The disease has so far killed more than 1100 cows in the past 3-4 months, and the death rate from this same virus which has no direct cure is around 1-3%,” Dr Singh said, adding that veterinary experts were working. day and night to contain the escalation of the disease at least in other cattle by administering drugs according to clinical symptoms and as a precaution”.
“Our goal is to save the buffaloes from this disease as well.”
“So far, there is no vaccine available in the country to treat this dangerous disease, and there is a vaccine called ‘goat pox’, which could be useful against lumpy skin virus if tried to The central government might consider it first,” he said, adding that each district veterinary office has given sufficient grant up to Rs.5 lakh to meet any requirement for it.
Narayan Singh Dewal, a BJP MP from Jalore, told SNS that more than 400 cows have died in Jalore district and nearby Sanchore in the past 4-5 days due to this virus. Dewal, who wrote a letter to Rajasthan Agriculture and Livestock Minister Lalchand Kataria on July 29, urged that treatment be resumed on a war footing as the disease was becoming very virulent in the villages. where primary health care for animals was not available. Again.
Dewal, who has traveled extensively in the villages, said the most affected Goshala were ‘Pathmeda Gaushala’ and ‘Nandi Shala’ where hundreds of cows were afflicted and in serious condition as unconscious with bulges in the skin.
Meanwhile, at the request of RLP MP Hanuman Beniwal of Nagaur, Union Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan came to the knowledge saying that on Tuesday experts and officials from the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases and the Union Animal Husbandry and Dairy Ministry will reach Rajasthan and assess the spread of the disease in cows and a solution will be found to ensure that there is no harm to animals and farmers.