The Jammu administration has issued an advisory on the spread of the Lumpy skin disease (LSD) in animals in the district. Till now, over 6,300 cattle have been infected with the disease in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The administration has banned the movement and transportation of dairy animals from one place to another. The movement of all trucks, tractor trolleys and other vehicles carrying animals, cattle in and out or within the district shall be stopped with immediate effect”, the advisory on Thursday read.
The advisory added that infected animals are being isolated from healthy stock to check the spread of the disease.
The carcasses of animals are not to be disposed of in the open and skinning of carcasses is also prohibited, the advisory further said, adding they (carcasses) are to be disposed of in two days under the supervision of the Animal Husbandry department.
The cleaning and disinfection of the infected premises and shed should be done using phenol, sodium hypochlorite and formalin.
In case of any emergency, people should seek immediate help from the nearest veterinary centre for treatment, Thursday’s advisory further added.
The Jammu administration has also issued a helpline number 18001807205.
Lumpy skin disease, a viral disease that affects cattle, is transmitted by blood-feeding insects, such as certain species of flies and mosquitoes, or ticks.
The disease causes fever, and nodules on the skin and can also lead to death.
Apart from Jammu and Kashmir, the Lumpy skin disease has been reported in Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar.
A government official told news agency PTI on August 21 that India saw the first case of the Lumpy skin disease in 2019, adding it has spread to eight states/union territories till now. More than 1.85 lakh cattle have been infected and over 7,300 have died so far since the outbreak of the disease, the official added.
(With agency inputs)