2,171 cattle infected in the PM; 173 cases discovered in Delhi – The New Indian Express

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BHOPAL: Over 2,100 cattle have been found infected with Lumpy Skin Disease in 10 districts of Madhya Pradesh, prompting the administration to ban the transport of cattle to the affected parts of the state.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in a meeting held on Friday to review the situation resulting from the spread of the disease, ordered officials to ban livestock brought into MP from other states and take extra precautions in the neighboring areas of the districts affected by the disease.

The authorities have already banned the transport of livestock in the affected areas and districts.

Officials said the main symptoms of this infectious viral disease affecting livestock are fever, runny nose and tears, eye ulcers, swollen lymph nodes and decreased milk supply.

The disease has been confirmed in Ratlam, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Betul, Indore and Khandwa districts, they said.

Symptoms of this disease have also been reported in animals in Dhar, Burhanpur, Jhabua, the officials said.

“Up to 2,171 cattle have been affected by this disease in 10 districts of the state. Of these, the health of 1,717 animals has improved. So far, 77,534 animals have been vaccinated,” said an official.

The outbreak of the disease has been reported in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

Since the disease is contagious, it is important to take preventive measures such as keeping barns clean and separating healthy animals from infected animals, experts said.

At least 173 cases of lumpy skin disease have been found in livestock in Delhi, mostly in the southwestern district, but no deaths have been reported so far, authorities said on Saturday.

This is the first time the Delhi government has reported cases of lumpy skin disease in the city.

A senior official said the first case was detected around eight to 10 days ago and “no deaths have been reported so far”.

The government will adopt the ring vaccination strategy in which healthy livestock within 5 km of affected areas will be vaccinated against goat pox with the Uttarkashi strain of the virus, he said.

Lumpy skin disease is a contagious viral disease that is spread in cattle by mosquitoes, flies, lice and wasps through direct contact, as well as through contaminated water and food.

The disease causes fever and nodules on the skin, and it can be fatal.

According to the Center, the disease has spread to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh and 57,000 cattle have died.

In a press conference, Development Minister Gopal Rai said that 45 cases of lumpy skin disease have been detected in Goyla dairy region, 40 in Rewla Khanpur region, 21 in Ghumanhera and 16 in Najafgarh.

He asked owners to isolate cattle showing symptoms of lumpy skin disease, which can include high fever, reduced milk production, skin lumps, loss of appetite, increased nasal discharge and watery eyes, among others.

Rai said people were worried that this disease could spread to humans as well.

“We need to take precautions, but experts said the lumpy virus hasn’t caused any problems for humans so far.”

He said the Delhi government has deployed two mobile veterinary clinics and set up 11 rapid response teams to collect samples.

Four teams will raise awareness about the virus.

The city government has also set up a special control room with the hotline number 8287848586 for questions related to the disease.

An isolation ward has been set up at Rewla Khanpur Gau Sadan in southwest Delhi for stray cattle suffering from lumpy skin disease, Rai said.

The senior official said the virus was found in 40 stray cows that were moved to the isolation ward.

The cow shelter can accommodate 4,500 cattle.

The isolation ward was set up away from healthy livestock and mosquito nets were installed there.

“In Delhi, the disease is unlikely to spread to the extents seen in other states as the number of cases is low and manageable. We have responded quickly and taken all necessary measures to curb the spread,” a- he declared.

Another official said the virus does not normally lead to the death of livestock and the mortality rate is only 1-2%.

The high number of deaths in Rajasthan and Gujarat could be due to the poor health of these cattle and the development of secondary infections, he said.

“Deaths are unlikely if infected livestock are isolated and proper care is taken. Wounds should be disinfected regularly,” the official said.

Rai said the government was launching a “Jan Jagriti Abhiyan” to raise awareness about the disease.

He said herders should ensure cleanliness around cattle, keep their hands sanitized, regularly use disinfectants to kill mosquitoes and flies, keep infected cattle in isolation and feed them nutritious feed.

“In case of death of infected cattle, bury them in the ground with salt and quicklime. Contact the hotline in case of illness of your cattle. Do not treat your cattle on your own and take advice from a veterinarian,” the minister said. said.

BHOPAL: Over 2,100 cattle have been found infected with Lumpy Skin Disease in 10 districts of Madhya Pradesh, prompting the administration to ban the transport of cattle to the affected parts of the state. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in a meeting held on Friday to review the situation resulting from the spread of the disease, ordered officials to ban livestock brought into MP from other states and take extra precautions in the neighboring areas of the districts affected by the disease. The authorities have already banned the transport of livestock in the affected areas and districts. Officials said the main symptoms of this infectious viral disease affecting livestock are fever, runny nose and tears, eye ulcers, swollen lymph nodes and decreased milk supply. The disease has been confirmed in Ratlam, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Betul, Indore and Khandwa districts, they said. Symptoms of this disease have also been reported in animals in Dhar, Burhanpur, Jhabua, the officials said. “Up to 2,171 cattle have been affected by this disease in 10 districts of the state. Of these, the health of 1,717 animals has improved. So far, 77,534 animals have been vaccinated,” said an official. The outbreak of the disease has been reported in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. Since the disease is contagious, it is important to take preventive measures such as keeping barns clean and separating healthy animals from infected animals, experts said. At least 173 cases of lumpy skin disease have been found in livestock in Delhi, mostly in the southwestern district, but no deaths have been reported so far, authorities said on Saturday. This is the first time the Delhi government has reported cases of lumpy skin disease in the city. A senior official said the first case was detected around eight to 10 days ago and “no deaths have been reported so far”. The government will adopt the ring vaccination strategy in which healthy livestock within 5 km of affected areas will be vaccinated against goat pox with the Uttarkashi strain of the virus, he said. Lumpy skin disease is a contagious viral disease that is spread in cattle by mosquitoes, flies, lice and wasps through direct contact, as well as through contaminated water and food. The disease causes fever and nodules on the skin, and it can be fatal. According to the Center, the disease has spread to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh and 57,000 cattle have died. In a press conference, Development Minister Gopal Rai said that 45 cases of lumpy skin disease have been detected in Goyla dairy region, 40 in Rewla Khanpur region, 21 in Ghumanhera and 16 in Najafgarh. He asked owners to isolate cattle showing symptoms of lumpy skin disease, which can include high fever, reduced milk production, skin lumps, loss of appetite, increased nasal discharge and watery eyes, among others. Rai said people were worried that this disease could spread to humans as well. “We need to take precautions, but experts said the lumpy virus hasn’t caused any problems for humans so far.” He said the Delhi government has deployed two mobile veterinary clinics and set up 11 rapid response teams to collect samples. Four teams will raise awareness about the virus. The city government has also set up a special control room with the hotline number 8287848586 for questions related to the disease. An isolation ward has been set up at Rewla Khanpur Gau Sadan in southwest Delhi for stray cattle suffering from lumpy skin disease, Rai said. The senior official said the virus was found in 40 stray cows that were moved to the isolation ward. The cow shelter can accommodate 4,500 cattle. The isolation ward was set up away from healthy livestock and mosquito nets were installed there. “In Delhi, the disease is unlikely to spread to the extents seen in other states as the number of cases is low and manageable. We have responded quickly and taken all necessary measures to curb the spread,” a- he declared. Another official said the virus does not normally lead to the death of livestock and the mortality rate is only 1-2%. The high number of deaths in Rajasthan and Gujarat could be due to the poor health of these cattle and the development of secondary infections, he said. “Deaths are unlikely if infected livestock are isolated and proper care is taken. Wounds should be disinfected regularly,” the official said. Rai said the government was launching a “Jan Jagriti Abhiyan” to raise awareness about the disease. He said herders should ensure cleanliness around cattle, keep their hands sanitized, regularly use disinfectants to kill mosquitoes and flies, keep infected cattle in isolation and feed them nutritious feed. “In case of death of infected cattle, bury them in the ground with salt and quicklime. Contact the hotline in case of illness of your cattle. Do not treat your cattle on your own and take advice from a veterinarian,” the minister said. said.