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Maharashtra: Private veterinarians and retired animal husbandry officials have said that they should volunteer for the Lumpy Skin Disease Vaccination Campaign.TAZAA News

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Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh on Tuesday asked private veterinary practitioners as well as retired technical officers and employees of the Animal Husbandry Department to voluntarily participate in the vaccination campaign against Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) virus.

According to the latest official figures, the infectious disease has so far infected 11,000 cattle and killed more than 300 in Maharashtra.

Singh said in Pune on Tuesday that although LSD is a rapidly spreading infectious disease in cattle, it is almost curable if treated promptly.

“Presently, the mortality rate of cows and bulls due to this disease is very low. So, fear not animal owners. However, they should be kept on close alert for symptoms of lumpy disease,” Singh said in a video from the Pune-headquartered Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Department office.

Lumpy skin disease has been detected in 839 villages in 27 districts of Maharashtra till September 20. Of the 11,251 infected cattle, 3,855 have recovered and the rest are undergoing treatment.

According to an official statement, a total of 352 infected animals have died in Maharashtra till September 20, including 122 in Jalgaon district, 33 in Ahmednagar, 12 in Dhule, 54 in Akola, 25 in Pune, 5 in Latur and 8 in Aurangabad. , 15 in Satara, 25 in Buldana, 29 in Amaravati, 9 in Kolhapur, 2 in Sangli, 4 in Washim, 2 in Jalna, 3 in Thane and Nagpur and 1 in Raigarh.

A total of 49.83 lakh vaccine doses have been made available in various districts of the state. “19.55 lakh animals within 5 km radius of the infected area of ​​the villages were vaccinated free of cost. Vaccination is being done in ‘gaushalas’ (cow shelters) and large dairies,” said an animal husbandry official.

According to Singh, farmers have been directed to provide free treatment and vaccination to infected cattle by informing the nearest government veterinary dispensaries about the symptoms of the disease.

Singh asked the Gram Panchayat and Nagar Parishad officials to create mass awareness against the disease. He said that the district planning committee has made available funds of Rs.

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