JAIPUR: The lumpy skin disease is spreading fast among the cattle population in Rajasthan. As per the government data, more than 1 lakh cattle have been affected by the disease while 5807 animals have died so far.
The disease has spread in more than 17 districts of the state while western Rajasthan is immensely affected by this disease. Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Ganganagar, Churu and Hanumangarh are worst affected by this disease.
Special teams of State Animal Husbandry officials are visiting various areas to monitor the problems faced by the cattle owners. The state government has also written to the central government to acquire the ‘Goat Pox Vaccine’.
In lumpy skin disease, animals develop boils all over their body which, if not treated on time, spread inside the throat of the animal eventually leading to its death. The milk capacity of the animal who recovered from the disease also decreases.
Talking to The New Indian, on condition of anonymity, a senior animal husbandry department doctor in Barmer said, “We have been working day and night to treat the cattles. According to the orders, if any animal is found to be impacted then it is instructed to bury the animal with chuna (lime) and salt. ”
The disease has also affected animals in Gujarat and doctors are saying it is an epidemic at present.