Gujarat is at second spot where in the past three months, 63 lakh doses of the vaccine have been administered.
Lumpy skin disease is a contagious viral disease that spreads among cattle through mosquitoes, flies, lice and wasps by direct contact, as also through contaminated food and water. However, it is not transmitted from cattle to humans. The symptoms include high fever, reduced milk production, skin nodules, loss of appetite, increased nasal discharge and watery eyes, among other.
Animal husbandry minister Dharampal Singh said: “As per directions of CM Yogi Adityanath, 2,000 teams were set up to carry out vaccinations.”
Over 76,000 LSD cases detected in UP
Singh said: “Till now, 76,713 cases of LSD have been detected in UP of which 73% have recovered. Most of these cases are in west UP, where the infection was first detected, but some cases have also been detected in east UP.”
Additional Chief Secretary Rajnish Dubey said LSD cases were first detected in UP in the second week of August and the animal husbandry department put in place all protocols immediately to prevent the spread of the virus. “The government set up aTeam-9 which deputed seven senior nodal officers to tour Bareilly, Moradabad, Meerut, Saharanpur, Agra and Aligarh divisions and check the spread of the disease.
The government immediately ordered 17.50 lakh doses of the goat pox vaccine and started the inoculation programme on August 28. Till Monday, a total of 1.32 crore doses had been procured,” Dubey said.
The department initially targeted 25 districts of west UP and started the work of ring vaccination. In a process adapted from Malaysia, the government vaccinated cattle in a belt separating western districts from the eastern so that the virus would not spread.
A 10 km wide and 320 km long belt from Pilibhit to Etawah was identified where all cattle were vaccinated. Another 155 km long belt from Etawah to Auraiya was identified where cattle were vaccinated. In addition to this, vaccination is also being carried out in a 10 km wide radius around all municipal corporations in a process known as ring vaccination.
The vaccination of cattle in all cow shelters and at district and state borders has also been prioritised. In addition to this, 98 dedicated cow shelters have been opened in 31 districts of west UP where infected cattle are being quarantined.