While the mortality rate of cattle due to lumpy skin disease in UP is still less than 1%, the disease has spread beyond west UP to some other parts of the state as well. All districts have been directed to complete vaccination by October 31 and the panchayati raj and urban development departments are working together to carry out spraying of anti-larval medicine in all villages to stop the spread of the virus, which happens through mosquito bites.
District administrations of Agra, Meerut, Bareilly, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj and Jhansi have been directed to distribute Ivermectin Bolus and Iodine Ointment to cattle owners.
Officials have also been directed to provide information about affected and dead cattle to the district headquarters immediately. Additional chief secretary, animal husbandry, Rajneesh Dubey said that 2,000 teams had been formed to carry out vaccinations through the ring and belt method.
“Cows with lumpy skin disease signs were discovered for the first time in the state during the second week of August. The animal husbandry department immediately stepped up its attention and began extensive monitoring. The government formed Team-9 which sent out seven nodal officers to monitor the situation in Bareilly, Moradabad, Meerut, Saharanpur, Agra and Aligarh divisions,” he said.
The government identified a 10 km radius area around major cities and state and district borders where cattle were vaccinated initially. A 10 km wide belt was also identified between the west districts and the rest of the state where cattle were vaccinated on priority. Cows in shelters were also vaccinated.
An official said that 98 cow shelters have been set up in 31 districts of western UP where infected cattle are being quarantined and treated. As on Wednesday, 76,713 cows had been affected with the virus in UP and 56,054 had recovered.