Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Raghavji Patel said a total of 999 cattle, especially cows and buffaloes, had died due to the lumpy skin disease in Gujarat.
According to an official statement, the viral disease has been reported in 14 districts where over 40, 222 animals have been treated and 2.68 lakh vaccinated to prevent its spread.
Lumpy skin is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, flies, lice, wasps, direct contact between animals, and contaminated food and water.
According to the press release, the main symptoms are fever, discharge from the eyes and nose, saliva from the mouth, soft blister-like rash all over the body, reduced milk production, difficulty eating, and sometimes death of the animal.
The viral disease has been reported in Gujarat’s 14 districts — Kutch, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Rajkot, Porbandar, Morbi, Surendranagar, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Banaskantha and Surat.
“The disease has been observed in 880 villages, with 37,121 animals treated for it,” Patel said.
“According to the taluka-level epidemiological report, so far 999 cattle have died due to the lumpy skin disease,” the minister said. He said that the sick animals were immediately isolated in the affected villages, and more than 2.68 lakh animals have been vaccinated to prevent their spread.