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  • Lumpy skin disease: Haryana to carry out mass vaccination of cattle, ban animal fairs

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21:12 HRS IST

Chandigarh, Aug 9 (PTI) Haryana will be conducting a mass vaccination of cattle, restrict their movement from one place to another and ban cattle fairs to arrest the spread of lumpy skin disease in the state.

Speaking in the state assembly, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister J P Dalal on Tuesday noted that 5 lakh vaccines have been ordered for the prevention of the disease in cattle, adding that the vaccines will reach the state by evening.

"We have procured the vaccines for immediate vaccination to the animals," he said while responding to the Calling Attention Motion moved by Opposition Congress MLA Amit Sihag.

The minister said the disease mainly affects cattle. ? ? ? ? ? ?

He said out of 62.92 lakh bovines (buffalo and cattle) in the state, 19.32 lakh are cattle.

Initial reports of the lumpy skin disease (LSD) were reported from Yamunanagar district in July last week. ? ? ? ? ? ?

Giving details of the total number of cases as on August 8, Dalal said the number of villages affected are 482, while 6,135 cattle have been affected and number of deaths reported is 23. ? ? ? ? ? ?

He told the House that Sirsa district is the worst-hit where 103 villages have been affected involving 825 cattle, while 19 cattle have died.? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Ambala, Yamunanagar and Kaithal districts have also been affected, he said. ?

The last outbreak of the disease was reported in Hisar nearly a year ago, wherein 60 animals were suspected to be suffering from LSD, while it was confirmed in 12 animals after sampling. ? ? ? ? ?

Dalal said the disease has less impact in Haryana as compared to neighbouring Punjab and Rajasthan. ? ? ? ? ?

The department has also issued an advisory regarding this disease that the movement of animals should be restricted, while no cattle fairs be held for the time being, he said. ? ? ? ?

Farmers are being advised that isolation of affected animals from other animals is of utmost importance. ? ? ? ?

The department is motivating farmers to spray insecticides to control flies, mosquitoes and external parasites. To provide necessary information to farmers about this disease, 10 lakh pamphlets are being distributed. ? ? ? ?

Samples have been sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Disease (NIHSAD), Bhopal for testing, which is the lab approved by the central government for testing. After the report of testing comes positive, necessary action will be taken to notify the disease, Dalal said. ? ? ? ?

Notably, lumpy disease infects cows and buffaloes mainly through vectors like blood-feeding insects. It leads to formation of nodes on an animal's skin or hide that look like lumps.

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