In Gujarat, 37,121 cattle are under treatment, and 999 cattle died due to Lumpy Skin Disease. The Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministry had instructed the concerned officials to monitor and arrange appropriate treatment arrangements for the infected cattle.
The Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Raghavjibhai Patel informed that under the guidance of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, a high-level meeting discussed necessary actions to curb the spread of this infection. He added that infected animals had been isolated, and more than 2.68 lakh animals were vaccinated to prevent the spread of the disease to healthy animals.
Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, flies, wasps etc. Also, it is spread by direct contact with contaminated food and water. The main symptoms of this disease are general fever in animals with discharge from the eyes and nose, salivation from the mouth, soft blisters like nodules all over the body, reduced milk production and less appetite.
Ministry added that Lumpy Skin Diseases are identified in 14 districts of the state, especially in Saurashtra and Kutch region (1) Kutch (2) Jamnagar (3) Devbhumi Dwarka (4) Rajkot (5) Porbandar (6) Morbi (7) Surendranagar (8) ) Amreli (9) Bhavnagar (10) Botad (11) Junagadh (12) Gir Somnath including (13) Banaskantha and (14) Surat have been observed in cattle of cow-buffalo class.
The Minister added that a special control room was started at GVK-EMRI, Naroda, where 24-hour monitoring is done by the officers of the Animal Husbandry Department. Also, a facility of a toll-free helpline 1962, is active to provide immediate treatment-related instructions.
Now, the concerned officers have been instructed to speed up the publicity work as per posters, hoardings and advertisements provided by the animal husbandry department. Apart from this, it was also informed to spray insecticides by the appropriate local system to prevent mosquitoes, flies, lice, lice etc. in the animal habitat during monsoon season.
The Minister has appealed to all animal breeders to take precautions instead of panicking about Lumpy Skin Disease, as soon as the symptoms of this disease appear in their animals, they should call the toll-free number 1962 or contact the nearest government veterinary clinic for treatment and vaccination of the animal.