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Lumpy skin disease: 45 head of cattle die in Muktsar in 24 hours

614 found infected | Carcasses dumped on roadside

Lumpy skin disease: 45 head of cattle die in Muktsar in 24 hours

Veterinary doctors administer 'goat pox' vaccine to a stray cow in Muktsar on Monday. Tribune Photo



Tribune News Service

Muktsar, August 8

The cases of lumpy skin disease (LSD) have spiked in Muktsar district. In the last 24 hours, 45 head of cattle have died and 614 animals have been infected by this contagious disease in the district.

So far, the Animal Husbandry Department has vaccinated 3,033 cattle and the teams on the ground are waiting for the arrival of a fresh stock of vaccine.

Vaccine being airlifted

  • Animal Husbandry Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar says 1.67 lakh more doses of goat pox vaccine are being airlifted from Ahmedabad
  • The Cabinet Minister says the vaccine will reach Chandigarh on Tuesday morning, which will be distributed among the teams

No more cattle fairs

  • Following 500 deaths due to the disease within a month, the government has discontinued cattle fairs across the state
  • “I have ordered a ban on any cattle market or fair till August 31,” says Patiala Additional District Magistrate Gurpreet Singh Thind

Meanwhile, the department was staring at another outbreak as livestock owners were disposing of carcasses of infected animals on the roadside. While commuting between Malout and Gidderbaha, one can see carcasses dumped on the roadside.

Dr Gurdit Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer, Muktsar, said, “The Deputy Commissioner has issued directions that all carcasses have to be lifted with the earthmovers and buried in the soil. The livestock owners should inform the district administration about any such death at the earliest.”

He said, “The number of infected cattle is increasing due to waterlogging in the area. This is a vector-borne disease and we have advised the dairy farmers and livestock owners to separate the infected cattle from healthy ones. The recovery rate is also improving day by day.”

As of now, a total of 267 head of cattle have died and 4,381 animals have been infected with the LSD in Muktsar district.

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