This means of over 17.5 lakh vaccine doses procured by the state government, the cattle which is most likely to contract the virus and spread it to others will be vaccinated on priority.
A government spokesperson said senior nodal officers have been appointed in seven divisions that have been affected by the disease. They have been directed to survey their appointed divisions and submit a report to CM Yogi Adityanath by September 4.
“On the basis of these reports, the government will decide on its next course of action. In 21 districts, there are 25 cow shelters which houses thousands of cattle. A strategy has to be formulated to save them from the disease,” the official said, adding that the spread of the virus is, so far, limited to west UP. Vaccination has already begun in west UP and control rooms have been set up in affected districts. These control rooms are working 24×7 and are monitoring the spread of LSD and its impact.
An official added that the virus seems to be affecting cows more than buffaloes. In fact, buffaloes have hardly been impacted by it. An infected animal will start showing watering eyes and mouth. High fever will then set in, followed by loss of appetite. Finally, small red lesions start erupting on skin.