Officials in know of things on Sunday said they have come across a few cases with symptoms of this disease from Nagri in Ranchi and certain pockets in Deoghar.
As a precautionary step, the state animal husbandry department has issued detailed advisory based on the one received from the Centre to all the districts. An official in the state animal husbandry department said, “A few days ago, the Centre sent communiqué to all states informing about deaths of 57,000 head of cattle so far due to this disease in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, along with an exhaustive standard operating procedure. Based on it, we have also dispatched dos and don’ts to all the districts to stay alert.”
Luckily, so far, there have been no reports of any death of cattle in the state due to lumpy skin disease. According to studies, this disease is a contagious viral disease which mainly spreads among cattle via mosquitoes, flies, lice, or by coming in contact with contaminated food and water among others. Cattle infected with this disease suffer fever and nodes on the skin which at times could also prove fatal, said officials.
V B Mahta, director of the Kanke-based Institute of Animal Health and Production (IAHP), a government entity, confirmed that they have received a few cases of lumpy skin disease in the state already.
“A handful of cases are being reported from Ranchi and Deoghar but the spread isn’t alarming so far. We are cautious. The state animal husbandry department has issued an advisory,” he said, adding that cattle owners must keep their bovine in isolation if any is infected.
“Most importantly, one should not panic as vaccine already exists to control its spread, but the key will be to adhere to the adopt SOPs as prescribed by the government,” he said.