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Lumpy skin disease: Over 100 cows died in Meghalaya; 8,000 animals infected

The number of cows infected with lumpy skin disease (LSD) is 8,177 and 5,884 cows have recovered from the disease and 101 animals have died.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal Shillong Published on: June 25, 2023 19:29 IST
Over 100 cows died  in Meghalaya
Image Source : PTI Over 100 cows died in Meghalaya

Lumpy skin disease: More than 100 cows have died in Meghalaya due to the highly contagious lumpy skin disease and over 8,000 animals have been infected by LSD so far, an official said on Sunday. According to veterinary health department officials, more than 28,500 cows have received the disease-prevention vaccine till date.

"The number of cows infected with lumpy skin disease (LSD) is 8,177 and 5,884 cows have recovered from the disease and 101 animals have died, as per records of the department," a senior official of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department told news agency PTI. He said over 28,500 cows were given preventive vaccination for LSD and over 2,100 cows are at various stages of LSD infections.

The veterinary department official claimed that African swine fever in pigs is "contained" as of now with the disease claiming over 230 pigs across the state since January 2023. The last pig that died due to the ASF was reported on June 2 from Ri-Bhoi district, he said. Since the report of the infection, beef and pork consumption has gone down across the state.

Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease that affects cattle. It is transmitted by blood-feeding insects, such as certain species of flies and mosquitoes, or ticks. It causes fever and nodules on the skin and can lead to the death of the cattle. Lumpy Skin Disease does not transmit to human beings. 

(With agencies input)

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