Bemetara district collector Jitendra Kumar Shukla told TOI that three cows of a village have shown symptoms akin to lumpy skin disease. The cows are kept in quarantine and under observation while their blood samples have been sent for lab tests.
An immediate meeting with the veterinary department was called to discuss the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
Deputy Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Rajendra Bhagat said the proper measures are being taken to contain the disease. The infected cows have been isolated, although villagers find it difficult to isolate cows in such situations due to lack of space thus surveys are being carried out to make people aware of lumpy skin diseases.
The infected animal takes 15 days to get well, he added.
The viral illness spreads by ticks, mosquitoes, flies, wasps, or insects that feed through blood. It can lead to the death of the cattle and produces fever and skin nodules. It cannot be transmitted from livestock to people, according to veterinary experts.
Mentioning the symptoms, Dr. Bhagat said the cattle might go through fever with high temperature, lesions in the mouth, swelling and excessive nasal and salivary secretions, and the eruption in nodules in the skin. Pregnant cows and buffaloes often suffer miscarriages.
For prevention, infected animals must be quarantined, proper vaccination should be provided. It is curable, said the doctor.
The disease, which affects cattle including buffalos, cannot spread among humans or cannot be transferred from infected animals to humans, he added. So far no lumpy skin disease has been officially detected in the district or the state officially.