Around 1.05 lakh cattle have been infected with the viral infection and about 6,014 of them have died in the state so far.
The officials said that the disease is spread by insect vectors and due to the rain, the situation in many areas has not improved even though 93% cattle have been vaccinated so far. Earlier last week, the state animal husbandry department sent a few cattle swab samples from the state to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), the results of which are still awaited.
Meanwhile, a detailed discussion on the current status of lumpy skin disease in Maharashtra was held via a video conference of the state level task force on October 16. It has been decided that a revised treatment protocol will be published. “Rainfall over the past week has favoured growth of insect vectors, and proportionately the epidemic of lumpy skin disease. Therefore, there is no reduction in daily morbidity and mortality of livestock,” stated an official from the state AHD.
Sachindra Pratap Singh (IAS), commissioner, animal husbandry,, has appealed to farmers to follow insect vector control, disinfection and isolation guidelines published by the Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University on October 7.